The Audi Prologue concept may be a priceless piece of motor show metal, but it’s far from just a pretty face. Audi didn’t fit it with a 598bhp 4.0 Biturbo V8 for no reason, and Auto Express has driven it.

Hot off the LA Motor Show stand, the striking newcomer is only a few millimetres shorter than a Mercedes S-Class saloon, but that slippery and sculpted design helps to mask this size well. Huge touch-sensitive doors swing open and allow access to one of the most technologically advanced car cabins ever created.

You sit low, peering over the cascading bonnet. The Virtual Cockpit in the all-new TT is still a revolutionary piece of tech, but Audi has taken it to the next level with the Prologue. The 3D display has real visual depth with colours and content that change depending upon driving style.

The V8 thunders into life at the touch of a button. A new exhaust system delivers a deep burble at idle and a progressively more raucous exhaust note as the revs build.

The Prologue is based around new architecture which will underpin the next-generation A8, so the car feels more like a production model than its space-age looks suggest. But while every touch of the throttle delivers a throaty sound, we found it hard to modulate and access the V8’s power.

Still, let’s not forget that the Prologue is a concept, and a long way from the finished article. It’s a great taste of what’s to come.

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