Friday, November 25, 2005

Audi Shooting Brake Concept

2005 Audi Shooting Brake Concept
Audi Press Release

Audi Shooting Brake ConceptAt Tokyo Motor Show in late October, Audi unveiled a new highlight in the sporty compact segment, with its Shooting Brake Concept.

The Shooting Brake is a study that offers a further trailblazing interpretation of Audi's current formal design idiom, blending the powerful dynamism of a sports car with a new sense of spaciousness and greater functionality.

With its powerful 250 bhp, 3.2-litre six-cylinder engine and quattro permanent four-wheel drive, the Shooting Brake Concept produces a quality of road behaviour that lives up to its visual impact in every sense. The study vehicle sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in just six seconds, and its top speed is electronically governed at 250 km/h.

Its front end is characterised by the striking single-frame radiator grille with dominant horizontal slats in chrome. The tapered shape at the front – further accentuated by prominent air inlets at the sides – and the dynamic cut of the clear-glass headlights give the face its decidedly forceful character. A presence that echoes the characteristic front-end design of the current A4 racing models in the DTM and the visionary Audi RSQ study.

One new element in the portfolio of design features is the upward swoop behind the rear side window. This, together with the wide C-post, accentuates the prominent rear end where the main visual emphasis of the Shooting Brake Concept is highlighted. The flat trapezoid of the rear window and the pronounced arch over the luggage compartment lid are the extreme opposite to the flat nose end. They give the vehicle a crouched appearance, as if ready to leap. The striking paint colour is Bionic White, pearl effect.

As is typical of every Audi study car, the Shooting Brake Concept features a raft of technical innovations including the adaptive damping system Audi magnetic ride, an evolutionary version of Navigation System Plus with touch screen monitor and character recognition, and the new LED headlight technology.

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