Audi Sportback Concept

Concept Cars 13 Jan 2009
Audi Sportback Concept

The Sportback Concept unveiled by Audi at the 2009 Detroit Motor Show is a five-door premium vehicle that previews the brand’s future design vocabulary and showcases a range of technologies aimed at improving fuel efficiency.


Audi Sportback Concept Design SketchThe Audi Sportback Concept is characterized by a
pronounced coupé-like silhouette and large rear hatch and sleek proportions: it is 4.95 m long
(16.24 ft), 1.93 m wide (6.33 ft) and only 1.40 m high (4.59 ft).

It is powered by a 3.0-liter V6 TDI
clean diesel which almost completely eliminates nitrogen oxides.

This engine already
meets the emissions limits of all 50 U.S. states and the EU6 standard
scheduled to take effect in 2014.

It is expected to achieve
a fuel consumption of 5.9 liters of diesel per 100 kilometers
(39.87 US mpg).

From the official Press Release:

Design

"The design of the Audi Sportback concept is characterized by an almost monolithic clarity and a vast reduction of the number of lines."

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Audi Sportback ConceptThe roof, shoulder
and sill lines appear to have been drawn with a single stroke. The window strip of
the coupé with its four frameless doors was kept pronouncedly flat.

Viewed from
the side, the softly contoured wheel wells over the 10-spoke, 21-inch wheels
reinforce the impression of the precisely defined surfaces of the body.

One feature familiar from the two-door Audi A5 coupé is the markedly horizontal shoulder area which emphasizes the
orientation of the vehicle body to the road.

This effect is further reinforced at the
front and rear by the broad, flat LED light units.

The shape of the almost fragilelooking
side mirrors is inspired by the upturned tips – the “winglets” – of modern
jet wings.

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The show car also offers a new interpretation of the single-frame grille. The
decision not to use vertical struts and the low overall height emphasize the sporty
basic proportions of the vehicle front.

Audi Sportback ConceptThe modified
outer contour of the single-frame grille was also featured on the A1 Sportback show
car.

The flattened top edges lower the visual center of gravity and provide a
striking look for the front end.

The aerodynamically designed air intakes under the headlights function as air
deflectors which guide the required cooling air precisely into an intake duct.

They
have the stylistic effect of accentuating the impression of width.
The tail of the show car is also evidently related to the A5 coupé.

The high top
edge of the rear hatch gives rise to a strikingly clear surface below the rear lights.

The low separating edge and the horizontal lines – another characteristic feature –
underscore the width and therefore the sporty nature of the Audi Sportback concept.

The four tailpipes integrated into the body and an air deflector in the
diffuser insert are cues borrowed from the sportscar sector.
The interior design is tidy and downright purist yet elegant at the same time.

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The
large glass roof underscores the width and feeling of spaciousness. In the driveroriented
cockpit, the air vents, instrument cluster and retracting MMI monitor are
outlined by a filigree aluminum border.

Interior Design

Audi Sportback Concept Interior Design Sketch Audi Sportback Concept Interior Design Sketch

As with the exterior, the interior is characterized by the emphasis on horizontal
lines
and large surfaces. The wide center console – stretching from the
dashboard to the back – includes a retractable flat display of the MMI system.

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When the ignition is activated, it extends horizontally from a slot above the
central air register before moving in an arc into a vertical, easy-to-read
position.

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The interior trim is almost completely in leather:
from the headlining, dashboard, doors and the entire seat upholstery all the way
through to the trunk.

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The large wood trim strips on the instrument panel, center console and
doors are machined from oak blockboard and sport a delicate horizontal pattern of
light and dark lines.

Audi Sportback Concept InteriorWith its surfaces of piano lacquer and brushed aluminum, the MMI control unit
also adds to the exclusivity of the interior.

The diamond-shaped stitching
of the four sporty seats leather surface is reminiscent of a classic GT tradition.

The generously sized trunk has a capacity of 500 liters (17.66 cubic feet).

Technical Features

The V6 3.0 TDI
clean diesel produces 165 kW
(225 hp) and 550 Nm (405.66 lb-ft) of torque and is equipped with a system for the effective reduction of nitrogen
oxides.

The piezo common
rail system with an injection pressure of 2,000 bar, highly efficient exhaust gas
recirculation and optimized turbocharging result in significantly reduced raw
engine emissions.

Audi Sportback Concept EnginePower is transferred to the wheels via Audi’s new
7-speed tiptronic combined with the quattro permanent all-wheel-drive system.

Weighing just 1,800 kilograms (3,968.32 lb) and with a drag coefficient of 0.30,
the coupe will accelerate from 0 – 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in less than seven
seconds and reach a top speed of 245 km/h (152.24 mph).

The Audi Sportback concept’s average fuel economy according to the European
ECE standard is only 5.9 liters of diesel per 100 kilometers (39.87 US mpg), and
its CO2 emissions no more than 156 g/km (251.06 g/mile). These
low figures have been achieved by extensive efficiency-optimizing
measures.

The Audi Sportback concept uses the basic architecture and many
components of its suspension from the A4/A5 model series, including the new five-link front suspension.

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Among the additional technical highlights are the CDC (continuous damping control) shock absorbers – where electromagnetically energized, proportional-action valve regulates the flow of
hydraulic fluid between the inner and outer damper tubes – ceramic brakes on all four wheels and electromechanical steering, which only consumes
energy when the steering is turned.

(Source: Audi)

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