Audi has unveiled the first member of a new family of concept vehicles, a roadster. Audi Skysphere concept is the name of the electric-powered, two-door convertible which showcases the design of tomorrow that Audi is going to adopt.
The concept car was designed with the clear objective of offering its occupants captivating and world-class experiences. The Skysphere is designed keeping in mind 2 different driving experiences- a grand touring experience and a sports experience. This makes use of a spectacular technical detail – the variable wheelbase. Electric motors and a sophisticated mechanism with body and frame components that slide into one another make it possible to vary the wheelbase itself and the exterior length of the car by 250 millimeters.
The electric motor in the Skysphere is placed on the rear axle. The motor generates 465 KW of power and 750 Nw of torque, which can take the Skysphere from 0-100 km/h in just 4 seconds.The battery’s capacity is expected to be more than 80 kWh, giving a healthy range of 500 kms according to the WLTP standard, in economical GT mode.
The Skysphere is 5.19 meters in length, 2.00 meters in width and 1.23 meters in height. With its wide curved and flared wheel arches typical of the brand, the skysphere emphasises the wide track – a visible indication of its dynamic talents. Viewed from the side, the proportions are impressive with a long hood and – especially at the front – a short overhang. The surfaces of the wheel arches and front hood are organically curved. The front end clearly features the brand’s typical Singleframe and the three-dimensionally designed, illuminated emblem with the four rings. The rear end is also dominated by a digitally controlled LED surface that extends across the entire width of the vehicle.
When it comes to the three upcoming concept cars Audi skysphere, Audi grandsphere, and Audi urbansphere, the brand is placing the space that surrounds the passengers (“sphere”) and which becomes an experience for them – the interior – at the center of its designs. This is because all three vehicles are designed for level 4 autonomous driving – meaning that in certain defined road and traffic situations, the driver can delegate complete responsibility to the car and no longer has to intervene.
Audi is creating a vehicle experience that goes far beyond the purpose of merely spending time in a car to get from point A to point B, and even far beyond the driving experience itself.
These concept cars feature a new design that ultimately reimagines the interior, the passenger compartment, as the center of the vehicle and no longer subordinates the passenger experience to the requirements of the technology. This is reflected in the variable layout of the interior, the disappearance of the controls, and the sheer expanse of the cabin.
Audi skysphere, Audi grandsphere, and, coming in 2022, Audi urbansphere are the three concept cars that the brand with the four rings is using to showcase its vision of progressive luxury.