Giugiaro designed the Audi Asso di Picche as the first of his ‘Ace’ series of concept coupes. These designs were sponsored studies, and this one in particular displayed a potential coupe product that, perhaps intended by Karmann, would result in Audi contracting the Osnabruck-based coachbuilder to assemble.
The Asso di Picche made its auto show debut at the Frankfurt Auto Show in 1973, with the mark of the spade on its flanks. Much of its design was inspired by an earlier Giugiaro design known as the Boomerang. …
…Giugiaro continued his series with additional ‘Ace’ models. In 1976, the design house showed its Asso di Quadri (Ace of Diamonds) at the Turin International Auto Show. This second ‘Ace’ concept was based on the then-new BMW E21 chassis used for the 320i.
The third ‘Ace’ was the Piazza ‘Ace of Club’ that would eventually be built as the Isuzu Impulse.
It is said all three ‘Ace’ cars were used in evaluation of a second-generation Volkswagen Scirocco design, though obviously now, none of the three were used.”
Body architecture: 2+2-seat
Overall dimensions (mm): length 4325, width 1650, height 1240
Wheelbase, front and rear track: 2653, 1396, 1409
Front and rear overhang: 972, 700
Engine position and drive: front longitudinal engine, rear drive
Engine: BMW 320 4 cylinder in line, 1990 cc/cm3, 109 HP at 6000 rpm