Audi surprised many onlookers when it pulled the wraps of its Nanuk Quattro Concept at Frankfurt earlier this week. This is an all-wheel-drive, turbodiesel-powered supercar.
The diesel engine is a twin-turbocharged 5,0-litre V10 TDI unit that develops 408 kW and nearly 1 000 N.m of torque. According to its maker it will sprint from standstill to 100 km/h in 3,8 seconds and go on to a 305 km/h top speed. As you can tell by the name the Nanuk showcases Audi’s Quattro technology, which means power is doled out to all wheels, as well as adaptive air suspension is featured as well, which fits the crossover nature of the Nanuk.
Rear wheel steering is also a part of the Nanuk’s party tricks. The rear wheels turn up to 9 degrees in the opposite direction of the front wheels at low-to-medium speeds to help maneuverability, but pivot up to 2,5 degrees in the same direction of the front wheels at higher speeds to enhance stability.
No news yet if Audi plans to build the, to my eyes, odd looking creation, or indeed if the world needs and off-roady type supercar.