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(from Audi Press
Release) Audi is unveiling a new highlight in the sporty
compact segment at the
Tokyo Motor Show: the Shooting Brake Concept is a study vehicle
offering a further trailblazing interpretation of Audi's current
formal 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 in every respect lives up to its
visual impact. The study vehicle sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in just
6.0 seconds, and its top speed is electronically governed at 250
As is typical of every Audi study car, in addition to its design
qualities the Shooting Brake Concept features a raft of technical
innovations for Tokyo. These include 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.
A venture into a new
segment: the Audi Shooting Brake Concept represents an entirely new
departure in design terms. The styling of this coupé, measuring 4.18
m long by 1.84 m wide but standing just 1.35 m tall, singles it out
unequivocally as a paragon of the latest Audi design, yet countless
innovative elements demonstrate how this repository of shapes has
taken a decisive evolutionary leap forward.
Even when seen in the rearview mirror, the Shooting Brake Concept
reveals at first glance a front end that is characterised by the
striking single-frame radiator grille with dominant horizontal slats
in chrome. As on the Audi Le Mans quattro super sports car study,
the four-ring brand emblem is located above the single-frame grille,
the surface of which is not interrupted by the licence plate
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, dynamic character.
A presence that echoes the characteristic front-end design of the
current A4 racing models in the DTM and refines the visionary Audi
RSQ study. A further element adopted from motor sport, beneath the
grille, is the aluminium diffuser, which guides the airflow beneath
the car with precision.
Viewed side-on, convex and concave surfaces create a subtle
interplay of light and shadow. The dynamic lines lower down the
car's body give the vehicle a particularly flat look. Typically for
the current Audi design approach, the shoulder and dynamic line
structure the volume of the vehicle body into a clearly defined,
sporty architecture. The proportions of the large body panels and
the flat window strip below the arching roof line are equally
characteristic features of a sports car.
The clearly contoured wheel arches accentuate the powerful, road-centred
proportions. The 19-inch double-spoke wheels originate from quattro
GmbH and are a further developed version of the design created
specifically for Audi's current top sports car, the RS 4.
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. This is where the visual
emphasis of the Shooting Brake Concept is to be found: the flat
trapezoid of the rear window and the pronounced arching, convex
panel shape are the opposite extreme to the flat nose end and give
the vehicle a crouched appearance, as if ready to leap.
The horizontal rear lights, extending well round to the sides, in
conjunction with the black line along the lower edge of the window,
accentuate the horizontal divide across the rear end of the vehicle.
The luggage compartment lid itself extends well up into the roof
surface. This permits a wide opening angle and optimum access to the
Beneath the flush, integral bumper there is a large-area diffuser as
at the front, to channel the airflow beneath the vehicle such that
drag is minimised and surface grip enhanced. The exhaust system's
two large tailpipes hint at the powerful engine inside the Shooting
The interior design of
the Audi Shooting Brake Concept exudes a decidedly sporty flair.
This impression is conveyed by the low seat position, in typical
sports car style, the high centre console and the clear, expansive
composition of the instrument panel. The short sports-style gear
lever with its tactile knob, together with the wide armrests in the
doors and the pedals with aluminium-rubber surface, combine form and
function with unprecedented ergonomic perfection.
The attractive appearance of the interior surfaces and of each
individual detail is the result of select material quality and a
perfect finish of the highest standard.
The large, clearly structured surfaces of the instrument panel, roof
and door trims are clad in high-tech synthetic materials. The two
grey shades and the surface structures provide a contrasting look
and feel. On the other hand, the surface of the centre console, the
inside door handles and the surrounds on the air outlets, like the
body itself, have an "Electric White" pearl-effect finish.
The instrument cluster, as the driver's focus of attention, is
shielded by a semi-circular cover, an element that consciously
echoes the design of other sporty Audi models. Two large analogue
circular instrument dials display the engine speed and road speed,
and the large-format display of the Driver Information System
provides further information.
The multifunction steering wheel with flattened underside is a
counterpart to the wheel installed in two of the most alluring Audi
sports cars ever built – the Le Mans quattro study, and the RS 4.
Above the centre console angled discreetly towards the driver, two
circular air outlets with star-pattern slats bracket a chronograph
that can display information in either analogue or digital form, as
This technology uses an organic polymer material that appreciably
improves presentation and ease of reading. Compared with the
conventional liquid crystal displays (LCD), an organic light
emitting diode (OLED) monitor is substantially easier to read, above
all with the sun shining on it and when viewed at an angle. The
content displayed on the monitor can still be made out from an angle
170 degrees. Other advantages of OLED are its shallow installation
depth and very short response times, as well as much lower energy
consumption than LCD displays.
The MMI terminal of the DVD radio and navigation system plus, with
optical and acoustic route guidance, has been redesigned. The
ergonomically optimised architecture of keypad and display is
inspired by the successful Multi Media Interface configuration in
the Audi A8. Here, the system features an array of new functions
such as innovative 3D screen navigation with touch screen monitor
and character recognition that permits detailed inputs using a PAD
The Audi Shooting Brake
Concept sets new standards in the compact sports vehicle segment in
offering ample space for all occupants. Thanks to the special shape
of the tail end, there is both more headroom for rear passengers and
more space in the luggage compartment. The wide opening angle of the
rear doors and the electric easy entry function for the front seats
provide easy access to the rear seats. There is an astonishing
amount of knee room at the rear thanks to the wheelbase of 2.47 m.
The luggage compartment of the Audi Shooting Brake Concept is quite
sufficient even for substantial transport requirements, providing a
capacity of 255 litres with the rear seat back upright and as much
as 730 litres with the seat back folded down.
The steering column adjustable in reach and height as well as the
driver's seat with the same adjustment options ensure an optimum
seating position for drivers of virtually any build.
The ergonomic design of the front seats in the Audi Shooting Brake
Concept combines ample comfort with good lateral support. The
shot-through textile upholstery in aero blue for the seat surface
and seat back, flanked with contrasting grey hues on either side,
provides a sporty, elegant accent.
Engine and transmission
Powerful and confident –
the power unit of the Shooting Brake Concept is a transversally
installed V6 four-cylinder engine with a displacement of 3.2 litres,
which has already thrilled many thousands of customers in currently
the most sporty versions of the A3 and TT car lines.
The six-cylinder engine is equally suited to such a distinctly
sporty vehicle as the Audi Shooting Brake Concept thanks to its
outstanding torque and power characteristics.
Its maximum output is 184 kW (250 bhp) at 6,200 rpm, and the torque
range is particularly impressive, peaking at 320 Nm between 2,500
and 3,000 rpm.
The ideal basis for forceful acceleration in all speed ranges and
fleet-footed sprints is this engine in conjunction with the sporty,
closely spaced 6-speed gearbox that paves the way for crisp, short
The performance figures of the Shooting Brake Concept 3.2 are
correspondingly impressive: it accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in
just six seconds and reaches a top speed of 250 km/h (governed).
Throttle valve actuation is designed for an exceptionally agile,
spontaneous engine response to accelerator pedal movements.
The dual-branch exhaust system both helps to cut emissions and makes
a very presentable sound. Indeed, Audi's acoustics specialists have
created sonorous sound in this case, which, without being unpleasant
or even obtrusive in any way at all, perfectly reflects the sporting
potential of this very special power unit in acoustic terms.
The Shooting Brake Concept is equipped with quattro permanent
four-wheel drive. A hydraulic multi-plate clutch varies the
distribution of power between the front and rear wheels.
This technical solution is indeed particularly suitable for cars
with the engine fitted transversely, incorporating all the
well-known advantages of an Audi quattro.
Offering a permanent, situation-specific distribution of propulsive
power between all four wheels, quattro drive guarantees maximum
traction and, as a result, optimum acceleration at all times. At the
same time there are still ample reserves for transmitting cornering
forces in the interest of cornering safety and directional
With the engine at the front and the four-wheel-drive multi-plate
clutch at the rear, axle load distribution benefits accordingly.
Indeed, this weight distribution is crucial to the excellent driving
stability and good handling of the Audi Shooting Brake Concept.
The second key to its
excellent dynamics on the road is its highly effective suspension
with McPherson strut layout at the front and the new four-link
independent suspension at the rear. Large 19-inch wheels with size
245/40 R18 tyres promote driving fun and safety.
The dynamic suspension is designed for sporty, agile handling with a
high standard of stability, and makes cornering a distinct pleasure.
An additional forte is the high standard of ride comfort, as befits
a car in a segment further up the range.
The Audi Shooting Brake Concept features ceramic brakes which ensure
the appropriate braking performance. Compared with conventional
steel discs, these not only last four times longer, but also offer
high braking performance, even when driving at the limit, as well as
maximum resistance to fading.
The significant reduction in weight also leads to advantages in
terms of comfort and handling thanks to reduced unsprung masses.
The electromechanical steering with speed-dependent power assistance
is furthermore one of the keys to optimum handling. It combines
optimum steering feedback with minimal sensitivity to excitation
from the road surface, and operates on far less energy.
The particular strengths of the four-link suspension layout stem
from the functional separation of longitudinal and transverse
forces. This provides a high standard of lateral rigidity in the
interests of optimum dynamics and driving safety and, at the same
time, makes the suspension relatively soft lengthwise in order to
improve the standard of ride comfort.
Separate springs and shock absorbers provide the necessary vertical
support. The shock absorbers are fitted right next to the wheels,
leaving space for a particularly generous through-loading width in
the luggage compartment. A tubular anti-roll bar is secured to the
axle beam by means of extremely stiff rubber-to-metal mounts; it
reduces body roll effectively and has a positive influence on the
amount of lateral force that can be absorbed and thus on the
An innovative technology is used for the shock absorbers: Audi
magnetic ride. Instead of the conventional damper fluid, a
magnetorheological fluid is used – in other words, a fluid whose
viscosity can be influenced by an electromagnetic field. This effect
enables to damping characteristic to be influenced electronically at
will by applying a voltage to the electromagnets.
Audi uses this property to supply the correct damping forces in
every driving situation, thus optimising ride comfort and road
behaviour. A computer equipped with sensor technology determines the
prevailing driving situation in a matter of milliseconds. The driver
can choose from two driving programs depending on whether they want
to drive in a very sporty style – in which case the
magnetorheological fluid exhibits high viscosity – or more with the
accent on ride comfort.
Lighting design and electronics
Visible innovation is to
be found beneath the covers of the headlights and rear lights of the
Audi Shooting Brake Concept – this is where a fascinating formal
idiom and trailblazing technology come together. The design of the
lighting elements and the night design simultaneously give the
overall appearance of Audi's latest study car an utterly new visual
The design of the decidedly three-dimensional main headlights, using
LED technology, is particularly eye-catching. Bionics, in other
words drawing design inspiration from nature, has been at work here.
The light unit has a design reminiscent of an open pine cone.
Reflector shells arranged concentrically one behind the other each
concentrate the light from one diode, producing a high-luminosity,
even form of driving light.
By contrast the high-beam headlights, located on the inside, are
blossom-shaped. The indicator lights, in the form of narrow light
strips, delineate the lower edge of the headlight housings and the
exterior mirrors, providing prominent signals and original visual
accents. The daytime running lights naturally also use LED
technology, the merits of which include particularly low energy
consumption, over and above their attractive design.
The rear lights of this study, recessed deep into the vehicle body,
likewise have a highly innovative design. The transparent red covers
again provide a clear view of the LED technology. The diodes
actually cast their light forwards onto the reflector, which
distributes it back to the rear through a mask in the shape of a
double cloverleaf. This results in an unmistakable appearance for
both the rear lights and the brake lights. The turn indicators again
take the form of narrow horizontal strips.
New navigation system
There are electronic
innovations in other areas of the vehicle, too. An enhanced version
of the DVD screen-based navigation system plus offers special
operating functions and a new screen presentation. Audi uses touch
screen technology for the first time here. The driver can activate
the basic architecture of the MMI screen directly by touching the
function panels in the display.
The new system generation moreover permits operation of the
navigation menu by direct input, e.g. of destinations, via the
monitor. Instead of having to compose them one letter at a time from
the menu, the driver can simply write them on the monitor with their
finger. Alternatively, a remote control with pressure-sensitive
surface can be used to make inputs, as on a PDA computer. The input
monitor pops up out of a slot beneath the centre display at the push
of a button.
The special feature is that the system is not only capable of
reading in handwriting, but can also identify a wide variety of
scripts. The computer is equally able to read the conventional Latin
alphabet and Japanese characters.
Another new aspect is the scope provided for choosing between two
different navigation modes. Those who prefer the "Tour" mode can
view the route on the monitor from an appreciably enhanced,
three-dimensional bird's-eye perspective. The driver can take photos
of destinations with a camera at the front of the car and store
these as visual route markers.
Activating the "Sport" mode displays optical information above all
via the central display in the instrument cluster. As well as spoken
instructions, there are direction arrows to point the way. Again in
the "Tour" mode, the driver can call up a further option that acts
like an electronic rally co-pilot and makes the journey an end in
itself: whenever the driver feels the urge to drive along a
particularly challenging, winding route, they can call up an
appropriate itinerary from the computer. While following the
proposed route, as well as receiving directions they are then
advised on the best gear to engage and the speed at which to take
the next bend.