Shooting Brake Concept features several
12th October 2005.
carmaker Audi will unveil
Tokyo Motor Show (Public days from 22 Oct. to 6 Nov.) its
new compact concept
the Shooting Brake Concept .
With its powerful 250 bhp, 3.2-litre
six-cylinder engine and quattro
permanent four-wheel drive,
the Shooting Brake Concept sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in
just 6.0 seconds, and its top speed is electronically
governed at 250 km/h.
The Shooting Brake Concept features
several technical innovations, such as 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
- Measuring 4.18 m long by 1.84 m wide but
standing just 1.35 m tall, with a 2.47 m wheelbase (closer
to the C-segment, lower medium VW
Golf and Audi A3 in length,
but nearer to the B-segment Polo in wheelbase dimension),
the styling of the coupé reflects Audi's latest design.
As on the 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
license plate surround, either.
swoop behind the rear side window, with a
wide C-post, to accentuate the prominent
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 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. The horizontal rear
lights, extending well round to the sides, 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 luggage compartment.
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.
seat position with high centre console.
Inside, the low seat position is
typical sports car style, with 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 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, two circular
air outlets with star-pattern slats bracket a chronograph
that can display information in either analogue or digital
form, as preferred.
This technology uses an organic polymer material that
improves presentation and ease of reading.
with the conventional liquid crystal
displays (LCD), an organic light emitting
diode (OLED) monitor is substantially
easier to read.
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 of
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 Multi Media
Interface configuration in the Audi
A8. Here, the system
features an array of new functions such as 3D
screen navigation with touch screen monitor
and character recognition that permits detailed inputs
using a PAD pen.
The luggage compartment of the Audi
Shooting Brake Concept provides 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 is adjustable in
reach and height as well as the driver's seat with the
same adjustment options.
steering wheel with flattened underside.
Engine and transmission
- The engine is a transversally installed 3.2 litres V6
engine, already known in Audi's A3 and TT car lines.
Maximum output is 184 kW (250 bhp) at 6,200 rpm, and the
torque range peaks at 320 Nm between 2,500 and 3,000 rpm.
The gearbox is a closely spaced 6-speed gearbox, enabling
it to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in just six seconds,
on the way to a governed top speed of 250 km/h.
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.
Chassis - Suspension
adopts McPherson strut layout at the front and a new
four-link independent suspension at the rear, with large
19-inch wheels with size 245/40 R18 tyres.
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 (a technology
already known in some models of General Motors' Cadillac
and Chevrolet brands). This effect enables to damping
characteristic to be influenced electronically at will by
applying a voltage to the electromagnets. The driver can
choose from two driving programs: sports or comfort.
The Audi Shooting Brake Concept
features ceramic brakes. 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.
headlights and tail lights.
Steering is electromechanical with
speed-dependent power assistance.
Other technical innovations lie beneath
the covers of the headlights and rear lights. The
design of the three-dimensional main headlights, using LED
technology. Reflector shells arranged concentrically one
behind the other each concentrate the light from one
diode, producing a high-luminosity, even form of driving
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
The rear lights have transparent
red covers to provide a clear view of the LED technology.
The diodes cast their light forwards onto the reflector,
which distributes it back to the rear through a mask in
the shape of a double cloverleaf.
New navigation system
- 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 a 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.