• Sep 13th 2010 at 9:28AM
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Mysterious Audi coupe – Click above to watch video after the jump

Here's what we know: Audi was doing something with a disguised and coupe (or cabrio) somewhere in Tyrolean Alps. Here's what we don't know: the precise nature of Audi's activities nor the precise identity of the coupe. It has been surmised that it could be a more production-ready evolution of the Audi e-Tron Concept/R4 shown at the Detroit Auto Show in January, but a better guess might be a convertible version of the same concept.

Going through the five clips taken by an unknown and rather unsteady videocamera holder, that guess appears plausible. The lines look about the same, and an R4 Spyder was rendered as long as 18 months ago, and the R4 coupe is reportedly coming in 2013 to fill shoes below the TT. Or, knowing Audi, it could be any number of brand new things. We just hope it comes to the Paris Motor Show next month. So don your Zapruder-film glasses, have a look at the videos after the jump and tell us what you spy with your little eyes.

[Source: Carscoop]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      That's the Olympic stadium in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
      • 5 Years Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      I love the R8... Wish I could have one.

      A junior, affordable R4 that is similar in philosophy to the old SW20 MR2 coupe, with a bit nicer interior finish... and a price much lower, and more appropriate than the highly overpriced TT...

      The choices should be:
      turbo 4 or V6 power.
      DSG or manual gearbox.
      RWD or AWD.
      Coupe or Convertible (or at least Audi R4 as the coupe, and VW production version of the BlueSport as the convertible.)

      Maybe one efficiency model with 2WD and turbo-diesel, for the greenies, but to me, a performance car should have a redline higher than 4500RPMs, and build revs much quicker than a diesel.

      An affordable R4 as a junior R8, sounds fantastic to me.
      • 5 Years Ago
      What we do know, is that Audi has a history of driving Quattro cars up ski ramps for publicity. I would expect this to have something to do with that.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I don't get it. I know the article says they're not sure of what is going on here, but I am *REALLY* unsure of what is going on here.

      Why in the world would a car manufacturer take a car/prototype, rig it up to a Huey, fly it around a ski jump area, and have a Eurocopter film it being suspended in the air?

      I don't see much of a film crew (although it appears the Eurocopter has a camera module mounted up front) so it doesn't appear to be a commercial shoot (besides, "Audi: The Fastest Car You Can Awkwardly Suspend From Your Rented Huey At A European Ski Resort" doesn't sound like a nice slogan).

      At first glance when I read the article I thought they'd have iced up the ski jumps (a bit early in the year for those conditions, but hey, it can be done) and were driving it up them for a test/publicity stunt.

      But I can't imagine what kind "test" this maybe (what kind of weird stresses in yaw/torsion/etc can the axles take? it looks like they've attached the lift riggings to each of the wheels, makes sense, as those are the normal load points. perhaps the Eurocopter is filming and collecting data from mounted sensors?).

      It's also a pretty poor publicity stunt if it hadn't made it on Autoblog, even then, there are better publicity stunts to be had.

      My best guess is some kind of creative/new/weird/funny commercial they needed a few clips for.

      But, really, what am I missing? Why in the world would an automaker do such a thing with their car? Is there some industry standard test of hanging your car from a chopper at a European ski resort you must do to attain EU certification? :)
        • 5 Years Ago
        Nevermind, read the source article comments and some plausible explanations are put forth there...

        Practicing for an unveiling, etc.

        The shooter said they were shooting a promo video...I tend to believe the theory of practicing for an unveiling more than the promo video angle...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Could've used a camera with 'SUPER ZOOM' ehhh?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why do they insist on those fugly wheels for their concepts?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I've seen this car (or something very similar) in the Ginza district of Tokyo decked out in full camo. However, I also recall hearing an engine when it passed so they might have a normal engined variant in the works.
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