The exterior is a strikingly unique interpretation of the Audi design language. The Audi Roadjet Concept is based on the dimensions of the medium-sized car. But with a height of 1.55 m and a wheelbase of 2.85 m, it offers a clear bonus in terms of spatial comfort. The characteristic Audi single-frame radiator grille, clear glass LED headlights and boldly sculpted wheel arches give it an unmistakable look. The coupé-style roofline dominates the side view, along with the balanced relationship between high body panels and narrow window areas. The dynamic line and the shoulder line define horizontal overall proportions that are clearly road-oriented. New to Audi design: the arc of the capping line, which stretches from wheel arch to wheel arch. Together with the shoulder line, this creates a dynamic interplay between convex and concave surfaces.
The modern interior of the Audi Roadjet Concept captivates the eye with its dynamic elegance, and is astonishingly spacious. Warm, earthy shades and light grey with metal trims, combined with Neoprene and fine leather, provide an emotional aura. The controls and information elements are clearly set out in the two-part dashboard. A new configuration of the Multi Media Interface (MMI) provides information via four displays, not only for the driver but also for the front and rear passengers. The driver can also operate a large number of electronic systems via the MMI, such as Audi drive select. Four filigree bucket seats with integrated head restraints divide the interior into four separate zones. Between the rear seats is a rail system in which various modules, such as a storage box with centre armrest or an espresso machine, can be installed. The rear seats can be moved on diagonal rails, thus permitting the installation of a centre child's seat diagonally behind the rear seats when these are in their forward-most position. The luggage compartment can be further extended by folding forward the rear seat backrests.
Powerful and dynamic
Typical of an Audi design study – the Roadjet Concept is also powered by an engine that heralds the shape of things to come with its innovative technology. This applies in equal measure to the 300 bhp 3.2-litre, six-cylinder FSI engine and the sporty 7-speed Direct Shift Gearbox combined with quattro permanent four-wheel drive.
The 3.2 FSI V6 with Audi valvelift system
The 3.2 V6 FSI engine that powers the Roadjet Concept, with Audi's new valvelift valve-timing system, turns out to be an engine that reacts in a very refined manner if moderate use is made of the right foot, with impressively low fuel consumption. When things get a little more serious, the six-cylinder engine, with a peak power output of 300 bhp and maximum torque of 330 Nm, reveals its qualities as a nimble athlete.
Sporty 7-speed Direct Shift Gearbox
This superior transmission design combines the advantages of a 7-speed manual gearbox with the qualities of a modern automatic. The driver benefits from enormous agility and driving enjoyment, with acceleration that is as dynamic as it is smooth – with practically uninterrupted traction. Along with the economy resulting from low fuel consumption figures, the gearbox's ease of operation is particularly impressive.
Audi dynamic steering
The suspension of the Roadjet Concept has no need to fear comparison in terms of dynamics – and at the same time it sets standards where ease of handling is concerned. For the first time on an Audi: Audi dynamic (superimposed) steering, which ensures extremely quiet running at high speed and excellent steering precision on sporty stretches of road, thus enabling quicker reaction times.
Roadjet Concept – Vorsprung durch Technik
The Audi Roadjet Concept is not only impressive for its evolutionary styling and innovative drive train – the electronics are also evidence of Audi's commitment to its proverbial Vorsprung durch Technik. With Audi drive select and car-to-car-communication, the design study boasts innovative electronic systems that promise enhanced driving pleasure, convenience and additional safety.
Audi drive select
Audi drive select enables the driver to choose between three customised configurations for the engine, transmission characteristic, steering and shock absorbers, simply by pressing a button on the steering wheel control element.
The "dynamic" mode, automatically activated at the start of every journey, serves as the basic setting. In the "comfort" mode the shock absorbers are set noticeably softer, the servotronic requires less force to be applied when steering, and dynamic steering applies a more indirect range of gear ratios. As a result, the engine and gearbox respond gently to commands from the accelerator pedal. The "sport" mode, on the other hand, gives the Audi Roadjet Concept a decidedly sporty driving feel: The shock absorbers are set firm, the steering is direct. In addition to the three basic configurations, Audi drive select also offers the possibility of combining individual parameters from the three stages, dynamic, sport or comfort; e.g. a sporty shock absorber setup with easy-action steering. Car-to-Car-Communikation
Car-to-car communication, where a direct exchange of information takes place between cars on the move and stationary transmitters, assists in terms of safety, for example, improves the traffic flow, and simplifies numerous everyday situations. Three examples:
After losing control on any icy road, a vehicle has come to rest across the carriageway on a blind corner. It is halfway into the ditch and cannot get out of the danger area unassisted. At the same time other vehicles are approaching the obstruction, but their drivers are unable to see it. With the new communication technology, the vehicle involved in the accident will transmit a warning signal. Thanks to the network established with the vehicle's on-board navigation system, this will also indicate the location of the hazard. A corresponding warning is simultaneously shown on the navigation screen of approaching vehicles, indicating the location of the accident. The risk of a further accident is thus substantially reduced.
Lines of traffic are moving from one set of traffic lights to the next on a multi-lane arterial road. The cars accelerate, only to have to brake again when the traffic lights turn red. This type of driving not only tires the individual driver, but also means that many litres of fuel are wasted along every kilometre of such roads in the long term, by the traffic as a whole. It also leads to greatly increased emissions in conurbations. Car-to-car technology means that cars are not only able to establish a network with each other, but also to receive information from stationary transmitters, such as the traffic light control systems. The phases of each set of traffic lights can thus be transmitted, giving drivers an opportunity to anticipate more accurately how much acceleration is necessary or appropriate. The same applies to impending tailbacks. With appropriate data from vehicles further ahead, the systems can recommend what speeds driver should adopt in order to keep the traffic flowing.
When driving through a city centre, a driver has selected the local shopping centre as the destination for the navigation system. There is a shortage of parking spaces around that destination. But the new technology can help out in this situation too: with the aid of the destination coordinates, the mobile system networks with the parking space detection system in the destination area. If a nearby vacant parking space is reported by static facilities, such as at a multi-storey car park, the navigation system can automatically take this into account and simultaneously reserve the space in that car park. The driver is guided to the destination by the shortest and most convenient route, and does not, as at present, have to search endlessly for a parking space.