Another interior highlight is an innovative chronograph designed using organic light emitting diodes (OLED) that make it substantially easier to read in adverse conditions than a conventional liquid crystal display (LCD), and enable it to show information in both analogue and digital forms.
Delivering 250PS at 6,200rpm and a 320Nm maximum torque output at 2,500rpm, the transversely mounted 3.2-litre V6 engine is capable of powering the Shooting Brake Concept from rest to 62mph in 6.0 seconds on the way to a governed 155mph maximum speed. With the benefit of high performance, fade-free ceramic brakes it can scrub off this speed just as effectively.
As impressive as the outright performance is the way the alert and responsive chassis channels it, helped by optimised weight distribution achieved through a number of measures including the mounting of the multi-plate clutch for the standard quattro four-wheel-drive system at the rear of the car.
Large 19-inch wheels with 245/40 R19 tyres are suspended by a front McPherson strut and four-link rear set-up bolstered by the new Audi Magnetic Ride adaptive damping system. Helping to keep the body flat and composed under duress, the system replaces conventional damper fluid with a special magnetorheological fluid whose viscosity can be influenced by an electromagnetic field. This effect enables the damping characteristics to be influenced electronically by the application of a voltage to the electromagnets.
The technology enables the Audi Magnetic Ride system to set the correct damping forces for every driving situation, thus optimising ride comfort and balance. It is governed by computer controlled sensors that determine the prevailing driving conditions in a matter of milliseconds, but the driver can also have input through a choice of two optional driving programs - a sports setting, in which the magnetorheological fluid exhibits high viscosity, or a more comfort-biased option.
The Audi Shooting Brake Concept is the latest in a long line of show-stopping Audi design studies, several of which have successfully made the transition into full production with the help of public approval at the world’s Motor Shows. Whether or not the new Shooting Brake Concept takes the same route as the A8 ASF study, the TTS (TT), the Al2 (A2) and the allroad quattro concept remains to be seen.Published 13 October 2005