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What’s the point in crafting a one-off concept car if it only gets to stand in the spotlight at one show? That’s what automakers have been asking themselves recently, and the answer has, generally speaking, been to repaint their show cars, give them a bit of new tech and put them back on center stage. And the latest to do so is Audi, which has given its Prologue concept a new lease on life.
The Prologue was originally unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show less than two months ago, showing the way forward for the future of Audi design, in an elegant coupe form that looked ready to take on the Mercedes S-Class Coupe. We even got a chance to drive it around the streets of LA, and when we did, we marveled at the concept’s advanced infotainment system that caters a range of personal preferences according to who’s on board. “It’s easy to see how this could even reach for chauffeured, or autonomously driven vehicles” in the future, we said at the time. And it turns out Audi was on the same page.
At CES this year, Audi has brought back the Prologue concept, given it a darker coat of grey paint, a grey-tone interior (instead of the previous shades of brown and tan), a fresh set of wheels and equipped it with the autonomous tech the German automaker has been at the forefront of developing.
Though other automakers have been fitting their self-driving prototypes with all-electric powertrains, Audi kept the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 in place – but fitted it with a hybrid assist to drive output up from an already prodigious 605 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque to an even more impressive 677 hp and 701 lb-ft, dropping the 0-62 time down to 3.5 seconds. Now that’s the kind of “piloted driving” tech (as Audi calls it) that we can get behind.
The Range Rover Sport is a car the aftermarket world can’t get enough of, and Caractere Exclusive is the latest to unveil a styling package for the British SUV. Most people dig the looks of the new RR Sport, but for those who don’t, the Belgian tuner has created a polyurethane body kit. Complete with a bespoke front bumper, new rear spoiler, a distinctive diffuser housing two trapezoidal exhaust tips, a roof-mounted spoiler and fender flares, the new look is enhanced with a set of 22-inch alloys finished in graphite.
The DMC Lamborghini Huracan package includes a new front facia, redesigned side sills, a much larger rear diffuser and an adjustable-position rear wing. All the new components are made from carbon fiber, and DMC say their parts can be installed without damaging the Huracan – just in case owners want to revert the car back to standard tune. The final exterior upgrade is a set of forged alloy wheels measuring 20-inches up front and 21-inches at the rear.
DMC have been fairly reserved when it comes to performance enhancements for the Huracan, limiting their input to a reprogrammed engine management system and a new sports exhaust. The changes raise the power output from 602 horsepower to 621 horsepower.
The interior modification services on offer range from everything to nothing. DMC will entirely re-upholster the Huracan’s cabin to a customer’s specification, or just provide bolt-on items like a new steering wheel, shifter and pedals.
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