Unveiled the images and official data of the model that anticipates the new face of Ingolstadt, a roadster with 630 hp electric engine: it is the first of three prototypes developed on the innovative SSP platform created for zero emissions and capable of offering level autonomous driving 4
With the launch of the Audi skysphere concept, the future imagined in Ingolstadt begins to materialize. The German company has in fact unveiled images and official data of the first of the three prototypes designed to offer a vision of the technologies set in the charm of the brand. It will show on August 13 at Monterey Car Week, not far from the Audi Design Studio in Malibu where it was designed. Audi skysphere is an electric roadster with 465 kW (632 hp) and over 500 km of autonomy, whose futuristic features are children of the stylistic freedom brought as a dowry by the new native platform for electric, the SSP. It is the first result of the Artemis project which is based on the Scalable Systems Platform, the basis on which the new range of electric vehicles of the Volkswagen Group will be born. It will replace both the Meb, or the platform of the Q4 e-tron, Volkswagen ID.3, Skoda Enyaq iV and Cupra Born, and the Ppe, already used for some zero-emission models from Audi and Porsche. After the electric roadster of the future, the new Audi Grandsphere and Urbansphere concepts will arrive. The first is likely to be expected at the Munich Mobility Show in early September, and anticipates a large electric sedan, destined to replace the A8. Urbansphere concept, on the other hand, will arrive in 2022 presenting the new idea of the compact SUV. In addition to the futuristic style of interiors and bodywork, the three electric prototypes share the Level 4 autonomous driving arrangement that allows the car to move in total autonomy in almost all conditions of use.
Audi skysphere concept: characteristics
The skysphere concept pushes the current concept of versatility applied to cars to the limit of the imagination. From a muffled electric vehicle capable of autonomously transporting two occupants, to a sporty vehicle capable of thrilling driver and passenger with its performance. All by pressing the button that allows you to switch from Sport mode to Grand Touring, through the magic of the variable wheelbase. By selecting Sport, which provides for manual driving, skysphere shortens the wheelbase to favor dynamism and reduce overall dimensions, indicated in 4.94 meters in length. In Grand Touring mode, which instead provides for automated driving, the total length reaches 5.19 meters and the height from the ground increases by 10 mm for the benefit of maximum comfort. The set-up includes adaptive suspension and electric power steering, both adjustable according to the type of ride chosen. The 23-inch wheels fit 285/30 tires on both the front and rear. In spite of the countless electronic devices present and the battery pack, the extensive use of aluminum has made it possible to contain the weight of the skysphere within 1,800 kg. Their distribution indicates 60% behind and 40% in front, by virtue of the positioning of the electric unit on the rear axle.
Audi skysphere concept: exterior and interior
On the outside, skysphere pays homage to the 1938 Horch 853A in length and proportions, with the common traits represented by the long bonnet, the cockpit set back and the overhangs reduced to a minimum. The front shows LED light clusters vaguely inspired by the A6 e-tron Concept shown at the Shanghai Motor Show. LEDs are also protagonists in the single-frame grille of the nose, with animations ready to light up while the skysphere is lengthened or shortened according to the driving mode selected. The back is also illuminated by a LED strip that comes alive when the vehicle is switched on. The most striking transformation, however, takes place inside the passenger compartment: from cockpit to luxury lounge, with steering wheel and pedals that disappear as a tribute to habitability, only to resurface when you return to Sport mode. This is the so-called sphere concept, which places the motorist at the center of an extremely modular environment. Maximum freedom of choice, between being involved in the first person driving, or the relaxation of letting yourself be carried away while watching a movie on the mega display that is almost 1.5 meters long. A versatility made possible by the fall of the constraints dictated by the encumbrance of the heat engines, leaving free field to the imagination of the designers. The loudspeakers of the refined audio system integrated into the infotainment system, also designed for video conferences, are also hidden away. The interior environment presents contaminations of ecological luxury in Art Deco style, with synthetic leatherette upholstery and inserts in eucalyptus wood – certified for the environment – that embellish the interior.
Audi skysphere concept: engine and batteries
The Audi skysphere concept propulsion system is entrusted to an electric motor housed on the rear axle, capable of delivering 465 kW (632 Hp) and 750 Nm of torque. It allows the roadster to store 0-100 km / h in 4 seconds, while the maximum speed has not been declared. As for autonomy, Audi indicates a battery with a capacity greater than 80 kWh, for a maximum distance that can exceed 500 km, provided that the skysphere is used in Grand Touring mode.
10 August – 19:29
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