Audi Prologue Concept Packs 605HP, Aims for S-Class Coupe
In the past months, we simply didn’t have enough big two-door super coupes hailing from Germany. Naturally, Audi realized this, got down to work, and debuted this slick stunner at the LA Auto Show, tentatively known as the Audi Prologue concept.Trivialization aside, it’s a significant model for Audi, hailed by design chief Marc Lichte as “a foretaste of the future of Audi,” as well as the “sportiest car in the luxury segment.” It’s also a finely polished and thoroughly developed model – not-so-quietly aimed at the Mercedes S-Class Coupe – which suggests we will likely come to know its figure quite well, perhaps as an A9. RELATED: The 2015 Audi A8 packs a big W12 engine and slippery styling
And when we do, it might blow our doors off. The Prologue packs a sledgehammer under the hood – Audi’s twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8, good for 605 horsepower and 553 lb-ft of torque. This translates to 0-60 mph in a sprite 3.7 seconds. Not bad for a posh executive coupe that spans 16.7 feet in length and weighs around 4,300 pounds.
Expectedly, the Audi tacks on the typical Quattro all-wheel drive system; however rather unexpectedly, it mates that with an all-wheel steering system, which rotates the rear wheels up to five degrees. A five-link air suspension rounds out the buzz worthy mechanicals, along with those massive 22-inch Y-spoke wheels and immense 20-inch carbon ceramic brakes. Maybe “sportiest car in the luxury segment” isn’t such a wild claim.
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On the outside, Audi affirms that the Prologue’s front grille is lower and wider than the firm’s current designs, though parallels between it and the Ford Fusion are noticeable. The fresh fascia is met with advanced high-resolution laser headlights, and that technological knife-edge slices its way across the car’s aluminum and high-strength steel body to its handle-less doors (opened with illuminated sensors) and techy 3D glass rear taillights. It’s not all new-Audi however; flared rear fenders have a touch of Ur-Quattro to them.
The interior allegedly takes a nod from Audi’s Gran Turismo design and features swathes of tan and grey leather throughout. A large touch screen instrument panel composed of organic LED lights spans the dashboard, but that pales in comparison to Audi’s digitized talking butler. He (and you gotta know the butler is a he) identifies vehicle occupants by their cell phones and automatically adjusts the climate control, music, and seating position to their preferred settings. Presumably he also speaks to you in typical disapproving candor.
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