Isn't it nonsense to make a Nuvolari 4-door model? After all the Audi luxury
GT is a 2-door A8, in view of its technology and platform! Yes and no! On
the one hand, no! Audi was already designing a 4-door coupe without mid
columns and suicide doors in the late 1990's, and rejected the project
later, stupidly, but Mercedes is going to launch a 4-door E-class coupe
with half mid columns soon.
Otherwise, yes! Already an A8 Avant was put off because of economical
concerns. Though Audi's market researches had turned out that a luxury
station wagon in Avantissimo style would find ready markets, the project was
cancelled because most part of people who were keen on such a thing would
take it unfortunately instead of an A8.
Says, in the end it would be just a success at Audi's flagships' expense
because producing the A8 in two variations at the same sales rate would make
it less profitable.
That's also the problem with a car like our
Nuvolarissimo: it would be a serious competitor to the A8, one like no other
car else. Consequently such a vehicle would have a snowball's chance in hell
to get realised, what a pity!
But please don't think we make primitive things like attaching only an
additional door at the Audi press photo. In fact, we were wanting to make a
4-door version that is a bit more practical for four persons, preserving the
original appearance at the same time.
The Nuvolarissimo has a longer roofline and a less inclined rear window which
would enable sufficient headroom at rear. To keep the optical balance, the
side window profile is adapted accordingly whereas the trunk lid is shorter
as a result of that. All these modifications make entering the rear not
significantly easier but a car like that is finally a compromise,
contrariwise it would be an ordinary sedan!
O.k, that concept is really more fiction than prediction but, the Nuvolari,
as well as the Pikes Peak concept before, also introduces
the styling details of next year's Audis, such as the large grill, the bolt
shoulder line and the both instrument clusters. That means, something of that
shape will come our way soon. Possibly in style of the new A6, even if it
won't get those fine rear lights and this extreme coupe profile.
The Nuvolari itself also could roll on our roads in a few years too. Despite
of the problems with the profitability of such cars, Audi is strongly
considering to make this dream car come true because these kind of vehicles
is the future scenery of the horse power war, and they neither want nor can
afford to stand behind BMW's 6-series and Mercedes' sporty high performance
This also makes clear that saying a coupe like the CXJ concept, that we
recently have shown, would do good to Jaguar's reputation as a manufacturer
of fine high-end cars, is not so hare-brained as it seemed at first sight.
But this is a matter of a completely different kind of prediction, isn't it?
The Nuvolari, at any rate, is a further prove that the classic Grand Torismo