1991 Audi Avus Quattro Concept
Beautiful, but never fully engineered
Unveiled at the 1991 Tokyo Motor Show, the Audi Avus concept was the the world’s first car with an entirely aluminium bodyshell. It paved the way for production cars built by Audi with all aluminium space frames like the A8 and the A2.
The Avus concept was designed by Munich-based Advanced Design Studio under the direction of Martin Smith.
Named after a Berlin racetrack, the Avus featured unpainted polished aluminium body that recalled the racing heritage of the “Silver Arrows” Auto Unions of the 1930′s. According to Chief Designer Martin Smith, the polished aluminium body panels visually demonstrated how aluminum would play a significant role in the automobile construction.
In the Avus Concept the hand-beaten panels were mounted on a light alloy tubular chassis, in a way similar to the “Touring Superleggera” construction system.
The Avus quattro’s engine was supposed to be a 6.0 L 60-valve 12-cylinder engine producing 509 PS (374 kW; 502 hp), capable of accelerating the car from 0 to 60 mph (97 km/h) in about 3 seconds and a top speed of 211 mph (340 km/h). The exact car shown at the Tokyo Motor Show, however, had a dummy made of carefully painted wood and plastic for an engine because at the time, such a powertrain was still in development; Audi-made W12 engines were not available to buyers until Audi presented its flagship A8 a few years later.
The Avus quattro is now on display at Audi’s museum in Ingolstadt, Germany.
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