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Karmann SUC

Karmann SUC

Karmann SUC

Karmann SUC

Karmann SUC interior
Make Karmann
Model SUC
Concept year 2005
Production year -
Engine 4.4 litre V8

The Karmann SUC was introduced by Karmann at the 2005 Frankfurt Motor Show. Karmann - an engineering company who specialize in automobile manufacturing and specialist roof systems - teamed up with the chassis and transmission experts at ZF to develop the SUC concept.


The SUC was developed through a collaboration between Karmann and ZF.
The SUC's name stands for 'Sport Utility Cabrio' to highlight both the fully retractable soft-top roof and the SUV layout. Amazingly despite the fact the SUC has four full-size doors and the aforementioned convertible roof, the designers managed to make the vehicle look better than most SUV's (top up or down) on the market.

Crisp, sharp lines down the sides are combined with gently sloping curves at the front to provide a stylish and interesting shape. Up front the usual large central grille has been replaced with twin vents integrated underneath the headlight units.

Powering the 2634 kg (5807 lb) Karmann SUC was a 4.4 litre V8 which produced 315 horsepower. Power was sent to all four wheels after passing through a 6-speed ZF transmission.

While there was never any real intention to put the SUC into production, it did act as a great way of underlining Karmann's skills and ingenuity in developing unique roof systems. It also helped ZF develop and showcase a state-of-the-art electronic chassis control system.


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