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Audi Nanuk Quattro concept

Audi may have grown tired of delicate sports cars that even Tony Stark wouldn't dare drive on muddy terrain. (Yes, R8, we're talking about you.) At this year's Frankfurt Motor Show, the German carmaker is displaying a concept sports car that apparently has the ability to leave the pavement to get down and dirty. Called the Nanuk Quattro, the automobile is being touted as a car that will be just as at home on gravel as it will be on the racetrack.

The Nanuk is powered by a 5.0-liter turbodiesel V10 that produces 544hp and an incredible 1,000Nm of torque. Mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission, the engine catapults the car from zero to 100kph in 3.8sec all the way to a purported top speed of 305kph.

The Nanuk is equipped with Audi's vaunted Quattro all-wheel-drive system, which means all four of its 22-inch wheels (wrapped in 235/50 tires up front and 295/45 rubber at the back) can claw their way out of sticky terrain should the situation calls for it. And this is supposedly a sports car, in case you're forgetting.

And to improve the car's off-road credentials, Audi has given it an adaptive air suspension, allowing it to adjust its ground clearance in three settings: normal, 30mm lower or 40mm higher.

If all this technological bragging is true, we have to say this car rocks. And the exterior design--done in collaboration with Italdesign Giugiaro--isn't bad either. Here's hoping this concept car makes it to the assembly line.

 

Audi Nanuk Quattro concept

Audi Nanuk Quattro concept

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