Audi Nanuk concept mixes V10 diesel supercar with off-road ability

In a bid to prove to itself and the world that it can still do something different, something wild, Audi has unveiled the Nanuk concept at Frankfurt, which mixes supercar performance with off-road capability. Or, in other works, Audi got an R8 and a Q5 together and told them to twerk all night long.

The Nanuk concept is powered by a 5-litre V10 turbo-diesel that sits across the car, just in front of the rear axle. It produces 400kW (544hp) of power and 1,000Nm (738lb-ft) of torque that’s sent to all four-wheels via 7-speed dual-clutch transmission.

Thanks to its off-road pretensions and large V10 diesel engine, the Nanuk weighs in at a hefty 1,900kg (4,189lb). This is despite the Nanuk having an aluminium spaceframe and countless components crafted out of carbon fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP).

All that power and torque, though, sees to it that the Nanuk can reel off the 0-100km/h standard in 3.8 seconds and hit a top speed of 305km/h (190mph). It will, according to Audi, also drink an official 7.8L/100km.

The Nanuk rides on 22-inch alloy wheels, while the car’s adaptive air suspension system allows the driver to adjust the ride height between 30mm lower than standard and 40mm higher. On the tech front, the Nanuk features four-wheel steering, matrix LED headlights, as first seen on the refreshed A8 sedan, that can turn off individual LED clusters to avoid blinding other road users, and predictive ride height adjustment based on sat nav topography data.


Length: 4,541mm
Width: 1,990mm
Height: 1,337mm
Wheelbase: 2,710mm
Weight: ~1,900kg

Derek Fung

Derek Fung

Derek has a lifelong love for all things automotive, from the dullest Camry to record shattering Bugattis. Prior to starting up Between the Axles he was a reviewer for CNET Australia and the founding editor of its Car Technology channel. [Read more]