Pikes Peak quattro '03

 

History

The Audi Pikes Peak quattro was a sport utility vehicle concept car. It was created by German premium automobile manufacturer, Audi.The Pikes Peak quattro was first introduced at the 2003 North American International Auto Show. It was the first of three concept cars designed by Audi and shown in 2003, ahead of the Nuvolari quattro and the Le Mans quattro.

The Pikes Peak quattro was named after the famed hillclimbing course, Pikes Peak in the Rocky Mountains, which they had taken overall wins and broken records during the 1980s, due to the off-road capability of their "quattro" cars.

The Pikes Peak quattro design was subsequently developed into the production Audi Q7.

Engine, performance, and design

The Pikes Peak quattro uses a twin-turbocharged 4.2 L Fuel Stratified Injection (FSI) V8 engine. This develops 368 kW (500 PS; 493 bhp) and 630 N·m (465 ft·lbf) of torque from 2000 rpm, and features DOHC (two per cylinder bank) with 5 valves per cylinder.

Engine output is transmitted through a 6-speed tiptronic automatic transmission, complete with steering wheel mounted paddle shifters. quattro permanent four wheel drive system is also standard.

Acceleration is 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.7 seconds, while the top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h (155 mph).

The Pikes Peak quattro is well-suited for off-road use with its high ride height, adaptive air suspension, quattro permanent four wheel drive, and power rack and pinion steering.