Audi has unmasked the Prologue coupe concept, in the process undoing some rigidity that the German luxury car maker has religiously stuck to in terms of naming its cars. The Prologue coupe concept is said to be the precursor of the production variant of the Audi A9, which will be Ingolstadt’s answer to the Mercedes Benz S-Class coupe.
The Prologue concept uses a 4 liter, turbocharged petrol V8 motor that pumps out a scintillating 597 Bhp of peak power, putting it right in supercar territory. A quattro all wheel drive system transmits torque to all four wheels and gets the Prologue to 100 Kph from standstill in 3.7 seconds.
The Audi Prologue coupe concept has plenty of technology going into it. From the four wheel steering system to the virtual cockpit with three screens, and automatically rising and retracting headrests, the Audi Prologue is a powerhouse of technology, which in a sense indicates the direction that future Audi cars will take.
Designed by Marc Lichte, Audi’s new design chief, the aptly named Prologue is also the precursor to the next generation design philosophy on cars wearing the four ringed logo. Edges aplenty, the design packs in a new grille, an clean profile with the missing B pillar, brawny rear fenders, intricately designed 22 inch alloy wheels, fuel filler cap integrated into the C-Pillar and a new trunk design.
While many of the design ideas on the Prologue may not make the cut into production, a good few will indeed dictate how future Audis will look like. Coming from that perspective, the Audi Prologue concept is indeed a major leap for the German luxury car maker, which for long has been derided for having largely similar looking cars as its breadwinners.