An Audi sports car of the future may possibly have just started the journey from drawing board to driveway in the shape of the Audi Shooting Brake Concept, a convention-challenging, technology-laden design study destined for the 2005 Tokyo Motor Show (October 22 to November 6).
Inspiration for the Shooting Brake Concept has come from sources as varied as the A4 DTM racing car campaigning the German Touring Car Championship, the RS Q coupé conceived for the film ‘I, Robot’ and the recently launched RS 4 quattro. Blending hatchback and coupé characteristics to stunning effect, it is every inch a sports car, but dedicates more inches than usual to valuable passenger space and practicality.
Outstanding dynamic ability is assured by an advanced new Audi Magnetic Ride adaptive damping system that complements the fully independent suspension. It allows maximum exploitation of the 250PS available from the 3.2-litre V6 petrol engine with its close ratio six-speed manual gearbox.
No less impressive than the dynamic aspects of the Shooting Brake Concept are the practicalities, thanks to a deceptively spacious cabin offering exceptional head and knee room - particularly for rear seat passengers - and a load bay with a maximum capacity of 730 litres.
The futuristic and meticulously finished interior combines a striking body-coloured ‘Electric White’ pearl effect finish for the centre console, door handles and air vent surrounds with a high-tech synthetic material for the instrument panel, roof and door trims.
Its focal point is a new version of the Multi Media Interface operating system (MMI) featuring innovative 3D navigation from a new touch screen monitor onto which destinations can simply be ‘written’ using the tip of a finger. The system’s character recognition facility enables it not only to read handwriting in a wide variety of scripts, but also to identify characters in the Latin and Japanese alphabets. Destinations and details can also be input via a PDA-style remote control handset.
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