2013 Frankfurt Auto Show
What Is It?
Audi Nanuk Concept
What's Special About It?
This is Audi's idea of a sports car that could theoretically also go off-road. Actually, it's more like Italdesign's idea of an off-road sports car. Allow us to explain.
Italdesign, the legendary Italian design house, rolled out a strikingly similar concept called the Parcour at the Geneva auto show earlier this year. It was well received for its interesting take on what an all-terrain sports car might look like.
Now here we are, seven months later, and Audi rolls out the Nanuk, which it described as a car developed "in collaboration with the designers at Italdesign." Audi didn't really need to mention the collaboration part given that the Nanuk looks almost exactly like the Parcour. Same proportions, same stance, same everything. Even the colors were similar.
On one hand we shouldn't be that surprised by this since Audi effectively owns Italdesign after buying the majority of its shares several years ago. But even in a world of cross-ownership, we can't remember an instance where one company shamelessly repackaged a concept that debuted less than a year earlier from one of its subsidiaries.
Looking on the bright side, maybe it's a signal that Audi actually wants to build something like the Nanuk. After all, it has a 5.0-liter diesel V10 engine that cranks out 536 horsepower and 737 pound-feet of torque. Audi says it's good for a 0-60-mph time of 3.8 seconds and a top speed of 189 mph. Not bad for a car that looks like a Gallardo with a lift kit. That's OK, though, Audi owns Lamborghini, too.
What Edmunds Says:
We know Volkswagen is trying to give its brands a greener image these days, but recycling concepts is one step too far.
Engine: 5.0-liter twin-turbo V10
Gearbox: Seven-speed S tronic
Power: 536 horsepower, 737 lb-ft of torque
0-to-60 mph: 3.8 seconds
Weight: 4,188 pounds