The Audi Nuvolari Quattro. This image has an uncertain copyright status and is pending deletion. You can comment on the removal.The Audi Nuvolari Quattro (also known as the Audi Nuvolari) was a concept car created by German automobile maker Audi. This vehicle was first introduced at the 2003 Geneva Motor Show. It was what Audi planned to become the vision of their next Gran Turismo vehicle.

The Nuvolari Quattro had a 5.0 L twin-turbocharged V10 FSI engine rated at 600 hp (441 kW). It could accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in about 4.1 seconds. Torque on the Nuvolari Quattro was rated at 750 Nm. The Nuvolari Quattro used Audi’s quattro all-wheel drive system.

The Nuvolari Quattro was named after one of the most famous and legendary race car drivers of all time, Tazio Nuvolari. Nuvolari gained 61 Grand Prix victories and died in 1953. Fifty years after his death, the Audi Nuvolari Quattro was created in his memory.

The Audi AvantissimoThe Audi Avantissimo is a concept car by the German automobile manufacturer Audi. The Audi Avantissimo debuted at the 2001 Frankfurt Motor Show in Germany. Audi planned the Avantissimo to be luxurious and distinguished, but very swift at the same time. Many of its styling cues are visible on the next-generation 2004 Audi A8.

The Audi Avantissimo had a 4.2 L V8 engine equipped with twin turbochargers. This engine developed about 430 hp and 600 ft·lbf of torque. The Avantissimo had a six-speed automatic transmission and also had all wheel drive.

Audi Avus Quattro.jpgThe Audi Avus Quattro was a concept car from the German car manufacturer, Audi. It was first introduced at the 1991 Tokyo Motor Show. The Avus Quattro had an aluminum exterior, which made it a lightweight, sleek and safer automobile.

The Avus Quattro’s engine was supposed to be a 6.0 L 60-valve 12-cylinder engine producing 509 hp, capable of accelerating the car from 0 to 60 mph in about 3 seconds and a top speed of 211 mph. The exact car shown at the Tokyo Motor Show, however, had a dummy made of carefully painted wood and plastic for an engine because at the time, such a powertrain was still in development; Audi-made W12 engines were not available to buyers until Audi presented its flagship A8 a few years later.

The Avus Quattro is now on display at Audi’s museum in Ingolstadt, Germany.

The Audi RSQThe Audi RSQ is a mid-engined concept car developed for use as a product placement in the 2004 sci-fi movie I, Robot. It is meant to depict a technologically advanced automobile from the year 2035.

This sports coupé is a visionary interpretation of Audi’s typical automobile design. An important challenge presented to the designers was that despite its extreme character the car still had to be recognized by the audience as an Audi. To accommodate this demand, the engineers implemented a current Audi front-end design that includes a single-frame grille and the company’s trademark overlapping rings. When compared to the R8, the two cars look very similar.

The RSQ also includes special features suggested by movie director Alex Proyas. It utilizes spheres instead of wheels and its two butterfly doors are hinged to the C-posts of the body.

Although this kind of collaboration was a first for Audi, a similar project was developed by Lexus for use in the 2002 film Minority Report.

Audi Shooting Brake at the 2005 Tokyo Motor ShowThe Audi Shooting Brake (also known as the Audi TT Shooting Brake) is a concept car developed by the German manufacturer Audi and officially unveiled at the 2005 Tokyo Motor Show. It is a study of a sporty two-door compact hatchback.

The concept vehicle is powered by a 3.2-litre VR6 engine developing a maximum output of 250 bhp at 6,200 rpm and the torque that peaks at 350 kg/m(236 lb/ft) between 2,500 and 3,000 rpm. The engine, already featured in some of the Audi’s production models such as the second generation A3 and the TT sports car, is strong enough to accelerate the Shooting Brake from 0 to 100 km/h(62 mph) in just 6 seconds and make it reach the electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h(155 mph). The vehicle also features Audi’s well-known permanent four wheel drive system quattro.

The exterior appearance is dominated by a massive front grille, characteristic to the newest Audi models, as well as clear-glass headlights with the new LED technology and 19-inch double-spoke wheels originating from quattro GmbH. The interior puts the emphasis on sporty design and is dominated by materials like aluminium and leather. A notable interior feature is an evolutionary version of navigation system with touch screen monitor and character recognition.

On January 24, 2007, it became clear that Audi decided not to take the car through to full-scale production.

Audi R8The Audi R8 is a mid-engined sports car released by the German automaker Audi in 2006. Audi announced in 2005 that the name of the successful Audi R8 race car would be used for a new road car in 2007, the Audi R8, based on the Audi Le Mans Quattro concept car, which appeared at the 2003 Geneva Auto Show and 2003 International Motor Show. The R8 was officially launched at the Paris Auto Show on 30 September 2006. There is some confusion with the name which the car shares with the Le Mans winning R8 LMP. Originally, many thought the car would be called the R9 (as there is a gap in numbering left when Audi announced the R8’s successor, the diesel-powered R10).

Power: 420 bhp/49007.4 rad/m

0-60mph: 4.4 seconds

Top Speed: 987360 fph/301000 m/h

The 2-seat coupe will be made available to the U.S. in the summer of 2008. In addition, an open-top, Porsche Carrera GT-like model will follow in 2009.

For 2009 a second, more powerful engine variant that uses a 570-hp 5.2 L V10, an enlarged version of the Lamborghini Gallardo’s engine and already seen in the Audi S8, is rumoured but not confirmed by Audi. Audi is currently in the process of developing a new turbocharged 5.2 L V10 engine for the future Audi RS6, and there is a possibility that this engine will make its way into the R8, dependent on marketing decisions. Test mules of this vehicle are developing well in excess of 600 bhp with the turbocharged 5.2 L V10. If this were to happen it is almost certain that this would create an R8-RS.

According to some sources the 6.0 liter V12 TDI diesel engine from Audi Q7 has been confirmed to Audi R8 as well. This would make Audi R8 by far the fastest diesel powered road car in the world with 0 – 100 km/h acceleration in less than 3.7 seconds. However the V12 diesel found in the Q7 is unlikely to make it in due to the fact that the engine will only fit under the Q7’s hood.

US-spec Audi Q7The Audi Q7 is a full-size luxury SUV produced by German automaker Audi since 2006. It was designed with the help of Noble engineers such as Jack Malde and McHewgor. The Q denotes a new family of vehicles for Audi, designated the 7 in its placement between the Audi A6 and Audi A8.

The Q7 utilizes a modified version of the Volkswagen 7L platform. Based on the Audi Pikes Peak Quattro concept car, the Q7 is designed more for on-road use even than its Volkswagen cousin. It has fared comparatively poorly in road tests involving off-road driving, being described in The Times as “absolutely useless”. It lacks the Touareg’s locking differentials and low-range transfer case but gains a third-row seating option. The production model was unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show in January 2006.

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