Just a few days ago, Audi confirmed that they were planning on extending their SUV lineup to include an even more compact model called the Q1 – due out in 2016. Now they’ve made the announcement that at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit they will be debuting an as-yet unnamed concept car. Unsuprisingly, it looks very Q1-ish.
The two-door model with its high ground clearance is a crossover with a distinctly sporty character. The Detroit-bound Audi show car features a natural development of the Audi design language. It combines visual elements from future models with the Audi-typical allroad concept and Shooting Brake body style.
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Audi has just confirmed that it will be introducing a new compact SUV in 2016. The Q1 will be the smallest SUV in the company’s lineup, sitting below the Q3, Q5 and Q7. The new vehicle is just one of a number of new models Audi has in development for the long term. By the end of the decade the automaker will be expanding its already comprehensive lineup from 49 models to over 60 models.
“The Audi Q1 is part of our broad-based SUV strategy. It is designed on the basis of the modular transverse engine concept and will round off our Q series at the bottom end,” stated Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management of Audi.
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Theophilus Chin, the self-titled “Automotive Manipulator”, and highly-skilled Photoshop artist, has just recently had a go at speculating what an Audi pick-up truck might look like. These are the results.
The vehicle has been titled “Audi CrossTown Coupe Concept”, but either Mr Chin has absolutley no idea what a coupe actually is. Or, more likely, he’s making fun of the 2012 Audi Crosslane Coupe Concept (which clearly isn’t a coupe) on which his design is based.
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Nobody was expecting this. While everyone was eagerly waiting to see what the Audi Sport quattro Concept looks like in the flesh. Audi suprised everyone with the Nanuk quattro Concept. A sort of jacked-up supercar thing.
Audi developed the Audi Nanuk quattro concept show car in collaboration with the designers from Italdesign Giugiaro. If you remember, Italdesign presented a very similar concept called the Parcour earlier this year. It looks like Audi was paying attention, and have decided to pursue the concept further.
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Audi has finally presented their Frankfurt Motor Show headline act. It comes in the form of a 700-horsepower hybrid powered concept called simply the Audi Sport Quattro Concept. You probably remember Audi previewed the concept in sketch form last month, and your’e also more than likely aware of the fact this concept is largely based on the 2010 Audi Quattro Concept.
If you do remember the preview sketches, then more than likely you’re feeling a little dissappointed right now. Granted most concept sketches are a little more dramatic than the real thing. But this time around you could be forgiven for thinking they were two different cars! That’s not to say the Audi Sport Quattro Concept isn’t a good looking car, it’s just not as handsome as it should have been. In fact I’d go so far as to say they got the styling right in 2010… And screwed it up in 2013.
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Audi’s eyeball magnet at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show will be this, the Audi quattro Sport e-tron. The car is essentially an updated version of the Audi quattro concept which was unveiled in 2010.
The car is reportedly powered by a 700 horsepower hybrid drivetrain. The gasoline thirsty portion of the setup is a twin-turbo 4.0 litre V8 – the same engine used in the RS 6 and the RS 7. While the output of the electric motor is as-yet unknown, we do know it can power the car for up to 21 miles (35 km) without the assistance of the V8. Top speed of the Audi quattro Sport e-tron is a supercar-esque 205 mph. While the 0-62 mph time is around 3 seconds.
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After Audi successfully managed to squeeze their RSQ concept car into the 2004 movie I, Robot – hot on the heels of the Lexus 2054 in Minority Report – it was only a matter of time before the company from Ingolstadt returned to the big screen. Later this year the sci-fi movie Ender’s Game, based on the best-selling 1985 novel by Orson Scott Card, will hit the cinemas. I don’t want to ruin the plot for you, but it basically sounds like a more thought-provoking version of the splatter-fest that was Starship Troopers.
In the film earth is under attack from an insectoid alien species, and the International Fleet (IF) is mankinds last hope. In order to make sure they only get the brightest and best people, youngsters are hand-picked from an early age and sent to a place called “Battle School”. Here the instructors train them up to become the next generation of International Fleet officers using a series of ever more difficult war games. But this not being IMDb, you’ll either have to watch the movie, google it, or read about it on Wikipedia to find out more of the plot.
So anyway the Audi fleet shuttle quattro concept was developed for the movie. Although not having seen the movie yet, I don’t know how, big, or small, a role the car will play. The name Audi fleet shuttle quattro (no capitals) says it all really. It’s an Audi, the International Fleet use it as a shuttle, and its a quattro.
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When the Audi R8 arrived it was a bit of a revelation. Here was a supercar you could drive every day and it wouldn’t catch on fire, shred its clutch in traffic, or embassas its owner with an ill-timed overheating episode. As a bonus it looked good too, those prominent side blades being its most distinctive trademark feature. And of course now there’s an established R8 supercar, what’s next? Well if Spanish designer David Cava has his way then it’d be an Audi R10.
Cava, who has just finished his final year of Transportation Design at the Universidad Politecnica de Valencia, designed his Audi R10 hypercar concept not as a replacement for the R8, but as a halo car designed to sit above it in Audi’s line up. The design was inspired by a variety of sources, including LMP race cars, old F1 cars and jet fighters.
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When the Audi R8 arrived in 2006 it was a bit of a revelation. Here was a supercar you could drive everyday, and its service intervals weren’t measured in the hundreds of miles. But now its newey-newness is starting to wear off and it’s in need of a bit of an overhaul. Something which is due to take place around 2015.
Preempting Audi’s designers, Auto Express have come up with their own digital renderings of what the second generation R8 could look like. If their right – and they’re more often right than wrong – the new R8 will be more of an evolution than a revolution. It has a very familiar feel about it, with the most significant changes being the Audi e-Tron inspired front end, and revised side blades which have been shrunk considerably. Overall it’s just that little bit neater and sharper than the current car. Although personally I’d miss those distinctive contrasting side scoops.
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The Auto Union Type C8 concept is a proposal for a Bugatti Veyron-rivaling supercar inspired by the potent Auto Union Type C race cars from the 1930s. It’s digital creator is one Maxime de Keiser, a Canadian designer, illustrator and architect.
Despite its name and supposed influence, the Type C8 concept has far more in common with Audi’s more recent supercars – like the R8 and Quattro Spyder concept – than the cigar-shaped original Type C. That said, one thing the two cars do have in common is a massive engine. The 1936 Type C had a 16 cylinder engine, while the Type C8 concept has been envisaged with a W16 engine.
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