The breathtaking Audi Prologue concept has made its world debut at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. Earlier this week we saw the concept in a couple of official design sketches and now Audi has provided a full gallery with the first car styled under the guidance of the firm’s newly appointed chief designer Marc Lichte. The concept serves as a preview for Audi’s new design direction set to be implemented on upcoming production models which judging by these images will adopt a sharper styling.
The long and elegant coupe features a new interpretation of Audi’s single-frame front grille which sits lower than usual and is being flanked by a pair of slender matrix laser headlights. The front bumper houses aggressive vents and a glossy black spoiler lip while above we notice a sculpted hood and wide fenders.
The Audi Prologue concept sits on 22-inch alloy wheels and doesn’t come with the usual door handles as the vehicle benefits from electromechanically operated doors which automatically open when touched. The back of the vehicle houses sleek interconnected taillights, an elongated third brake light and two trapezoidal exhaust pipe finishers.
Stepping inside the cabin, we notice a rather minimalistic layout with a digital instrument cluster and several touchscreen displays. It boasts automatically extendable & retractable rear headrests and a so-called “butler” system capable of identifying the driver by their cell phone in order to automatically adjust the climate control system, seat and navigation setup.
Lastly, the Audi Prologue concept is powered by a TFSI 4.0-liter V8 engine churning 605 HP (445 kW) and a maximum torque of 553 lb-ft (750 Nm). Output is channeled to a quattro AWD system with help from an 8-speed tiptronic gearbox. Thanks to this hardware arrangement, the elegant concept will sprint to 62 mph (100 km/h) from a standstill in just 3.7 seconds.