A couple of years from now, I am going to look back at this story and say "what the heck was I thinking, this is such a weird thing to share." But I know you guys like crazy renderings just as much as I do, and they don't get weirder than this bunch of Audis.
Theophilus Chin wondered what the current roster of Audi models would look like without the single-frame grille that defines the brand at the moment. Many folks might have the same idea, but mister Chin has the Photoshop skills to back them up.
So, without delay, he proceeded to systematically strip the middle bit from the grille of no less than 15 models. In no particular order, we are dealing with the TTS, S6, S5 Cabriolet, S3 Cabriolet, R8 V10 plus, Q7, SQ5, Q3, A8, A7, A6 allroad, A5 Sportback, A4, A3 sedan and S1 3-door.
Of course, Audi has about 50 nameplates in total, but Theophilus has covered all the general shapes of the Ingolstadt family.
"What is a single-frame grille?" I hear you ask. The answer is simple: one frame that covers both the top and the bottom grilles. Audi uses this design artifice to make the front of their cars look more imposing, sportier even. The downside is that it plays into the whole "all Audis look the same" mentality.
There are some models that look just fine without the single-frame design, such as the angular Q7 and Q4. However, some of them begin to resemble old Ford models, and the similarity becomes uncanny in the case of the A8, which now resembles the Taurus.
Another thing we noticed is that the latest SUV models have a completely different grille design, more imposing than the sedans.
Of course, Audi models didn't always have this type of oversized gold chain. Some of you might still remember ho discrete the A3 and A4 models looked in the 1990s. But if you want your customers to pay top dollar, standing out is a top priority.