Its structure is a beautifully crafted aluminium spaceframe chassis, with forged aluminium suspension and all-aluminium body parts. As you might have guessed, Audi is big on aluminium. And it’s right to be, because it knows that the secret to a successful small supercar is not just big power, but light weight. Counting against that is the provision of four-wheel drive, which Audi says improves the way the car drives: I’m inclined to see more as a marketing- than dynamics-led imperative.
And providing the whole with its forward thrust is the 420bhp, 4.2-litre V8 motor also found in the RS4 and modified only to provide dry sump lubrication, which not only keeps oil circulating the engine under very high g-loadings, but also allows the engine to be fitted as low as possible in the car.