LA Auto Show: Audi Cabriolet Quattro Concept

Alex L. Dykes
by Alex L. Dykes

A jacked-up A4 with a slightly longer wheelbase, a soft top and an even more hideous rendition of their gaping Billy The Big Mouth Bass front grill. While we're happy that Audi didn't unveil the truncated version of their mutant version of Porsche's inbred Cayenne (which is significantly less attractive than its VW variant), this is not what we'd call "bringing the noise." Saying that, the concept's got the latest Gee Whizzery. We're talking a GPS system that incorporates Google Earth. And the car is listening; on-board microphones pick-up all four occupants' voices and blatt the blather through the B&O sound system– so the driver can tell the passenger to stop snoring when blasting at 155mph, top down, on the German Autobahn. Anyway, the concept makes us long for the equally jacked-up, now Euro-only Audi Allroad estate (a.k.a. station wagon). They're still sought after on the used car market. In fact, we reckon Ingolstadt would have found some upmarket SUV refugees if they'd hung tough and hadn't sent the last model year over in V8-only trim, without rear-facing seats. Oh well.

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  • Nick Nick on Nov 15, 2007

    That grille would like great in front of my fireplace.

  • 210delray 210delray on Nov 15, 2007
    NickR You mean the grille would make a great grate? That is one ugly car, that's for sure.
  • Heep Heep on Nov 15, 2007

    Most useless vehicle ever. Have you ever spoken into a microphone with a monitor aimed at your face, blasting all your words back at you? I don't particularly want my car doing that.

  • Landcrusher Landcrusher on Nov 15, 2007

    By no means is this the most useless vehicle ever. Please think about all the other cars that you think suck that sell by the tens of thousands. OTOH, the bling seems to clash with the rest of the concept.