LA Auto Show: Audi Cabriolet Quattro Concept
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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