Vision For The GT Of The Future Audi Nuvolari Quattro

Audi Nuvolari Quattro Design Study


Audi is showing its new Nuvolari quattro concept study at the Geneva Motor Show the vision of an elegant, powerful Gran Turismo for tomorrow. The Nuvolari quattro is a synthesis of progressive technology, the road dynamics of a high-powered GT and typical Audi design architecture.

Walter de’Silva, Head of Design for the Audi brand group, comments: "The Nuvolari quattro outlines the direction that Audi’s exterior and interior design will take. We are aware of our brand’s heritage and will continue this success story in evolutionary steps."

With their Nuvolari quattro, Audi’s designers have created a two-door coupé with 2 + 2 seating and classic GT proportions: its body is 4.80 metres long, 1.92 metres wide and 1.41 metres high with a wheelbase of 2.89 metres. With its low outline, long front section, potent-looking rear end and extremely short overhangs, the Nuvolari shows its potential even when not in motion.

The Nuvolari quattro, which has a Luna Silver paint finish, uses the Audi Space Frame principle for its aluminium body, which results in an excellent power-to- weight ratio and high rigidity. It thus forms the basis for this GT’s exceptional road dynamics.

This car has the most powerful engine so far developed by Audi for use in a roadgoing vehicle: a 5.0-litre V10 ‘biturbo’ with FSI direct fuel injection, a power output of 441 kW (600 bhp) and a maximum torque of 750 Newton-metres. The Nuvolari quattro concept car accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.1 seconds and has a governed maximum speed of 250 km/h.

Power and torque are delivered to the wheels according to traction needs via a six-speed automatic transmission using shift-by-wire technology. The driver can also select the gears manually at paddles on the steering wheel.

As a matter of course, an Audi as powerful as this features quattro permanent four-wheel drive and a motor-sport brake system with appropriately large, drilled brake discs which catch the eye behind the 9-arm wheels.

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Published 11 March 2003 Melanie Carter

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