Past the flamboyant front end sits a 2.0-litre TDI engine developing 165kW and a massive 450Nm.
This results in a power-to-displacement ratio of 84kW per litre, and torque-to-displacement ratio of 229Nm per litre while still complying with Euro 5 emissions standards – figures which comparable petrol engines are simply unable to match.
Coupled with Audi's trademark Quattro all-wheel-drive system and a six-speed manual gearbox, this oiler covers 0 to 100km/h in just 6.6 seconds and will go on to a top speed of 240km/h.
Audi assures us this is no ordinary diesel engine - sounding better than it looks courtesy of its sonorous exhaust, I think I'll wait on YouTube to confirm that one.
The exterior is dominated by the large DTM-style aerokit, rear spoiler and the wheel arch extensions housing enormous 20-inch wheels with stopping power provided by six-piston brake calipers and ceramic discs up front.
Racing bucket seats, a flat-bottomed steering wheel and an open gear lever gate in aluminum form the highlights of the interior.