Today Audi presented the diesel-powered Audi nanuk quattro concept show car at the IAA in Frankfurt.

With this crossover concept, Audi wants to combine the dynamics of a high-performance sports car with the company’s quattro expertise on the road, on the race track and also off-road.

Audi’s V10 TDI engine has been chosen for power and efficiency.

Audi said it developed the Audi nanuk quattro concept show car in collaboration with designers from Italdesign Giugiaro. The result is defined by Audi as a sports car for any stage of life and for any surface – equally at home on the race track, the highway or a winding country road as it is off-road in the sand or in the snow; it’s crossover concept combines the dynamics of a mid-engine sports car with the versatility of a sporty recreational vehicle.

Audi nanuk quattro conceptThe two-seater is powered by a newly developed V10 TDI installed longitudinally in front of the rear axle. The 5.0-liter diesel engine produces over 544 horsepower and delivers 737.56 pound-feet of torque to the crankshaft at 1,500 rpm; the twin-turbo register charging unit is controlled via the Audi valvelift system (AVS) while the common rail system operates at an injection pressure of 2,500 bar. A beefed-up seven-speed S tronic transmission located behind the engine transfers the torque to a specially designed quattro drivetrain.

The Audi nanuk quattro concept has a curb weight of around 4,188.78 pounds and sprints from 0 to 62 mph in 3.8 seconds with a top speed of 189.52 mph. The thermal management with its separate cooling loops and the steplessly regulated oil pump contribute to a fuel consumption of 7.8 liters per 100 kilometers (30.16 US mpg) on average.

The adaptive air suspension with electronically controlled dampers features a next generation technology from Audi. The driver can manually adjust the ground clearance of the Audi nanuk quattro concept in three stages: normal, 30 millimeters (1.18 in) lower or 40 millimeters (1.57 in) higher. The system also controls the level of the body itself based on driving speed and the predictive route data supplied by the navigation system. On the highway, for example, the body remains lowered even when the Audi nanuk quattro concept is moving slowly. It is automatically raised when turning onto a gravel road.

Another technological highlight of the show car is the integral steering, which is said to resolve the classic conflict between dynamic handling and stability. The system combines the proven Audi dynamic steering at the front axle, which among other things can intervene at the cornering limit for enhanced stability, with supplemental steering for the rear wheels. Separate actuators activate the two active track rods.

Body-wise, a large rear window exposes the TDI engine. The entire rear bodywork can be flipped upward in one piece like with a race car for maintenance work. The occupants’ luggage is stored at the front of the car, where there is room for two trolleys or a golf bag.

Audi nanuk quattro concept