Audi has taken the wraps off the highly-anticipated Prologue concept.

Audi has taken the wraps off the highly-anticipated Prologue concept.

Designed to preview the company's future styling direction, the Prologue is an elegant coupe that is slightly shorter than an A8.

Since the car is all about style, designers added a wide single frame grille that is positioned lower than on today’s production models. The grille is flanked by Matrix laser headlights, gloss black front spoilers and aggressive air vents with diamond pattern inserts.

The sleek styling continues further back as there's a sculpted hood, chiseled body work and wide fenders that house 22-inch alloy wheels. Interestingly, the concept eschews traditional door handles and uses electromechanically-operated doors that open when touched.

The rear end has influences from the Citroen C6 but thankfully the execution is more polished. Putting the rear window aside, there's three dimensional taillights and a protruding rear bumper.

While the exterior has tons of personality, the four-seat interior is a bit of a letdown. The materials are top notch and include premium leather upholstery, aluminum trim and elm wood veneers but the overall design leaves something to be desired.

Putting those grievances aside, the cabin is a technological tour de force as it has a digital instrument cluster and numerous touchscreens for both the driver and the front passenger. The concept also has a “butler” which identifies the driver by their cell phone and then automatically adjusts the driver's seat, climate control system, radio and navigation system to their preferences. Even the rear seat headrests are high-tech as they automatically extend when a passenger enters the rear seating area and retract when they leave.

Power is provided by a twin-turbo 4.0-liter TFSI V8 engine that develops 605 PS (445 kW) and 750 Nm (553lb-ft) of torque. It is connected to an eight-speed tiptronic transmission and a quattro all-wheel drive which enables the coupe to rocket from 0-100 km/h in 3.7 seconds.

Check out the press release for additional information

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