Audi’s latest all-electric concept is a bold mix of luxury and aggression.
Last month, Audi announced three concepts that would represent the future of the brand. The Audi Skysphere is the first to be unveiled.
Taking inspiration from the 1937 Horch 853, a luxury cabriolet from one of Audi’s predecessor brands, the Audi Skysphere sports a long, sleek hood with an angular roofline. The front fascia can be described as a more aggressively styled A6 e-tron, featuring a faux grille with matrix LED lights arranged in triangular shapes. Like many newer Audis, the lights can do welcome sequences and are customizable.
The interior of the Skysphere blends futurism with contemporary luxury. The seats are made of vegan leather and microfiber. The dashboard consists of a seamlessly integrated screen measuring 56 inches wide. Meanwhile, the rest of the interior contains metal and crystal glass elements.
One of the Skysphere’s most interesting features is its adjustable wheelbase. In Sport mode the vehicle is in its shortest setting, which is roughly the length of an A6. This enables it to maximize handling and driving dynamics. However in GT mode, the hood extends for better ride quality and stability. Fully extended, the Sky Sphere is about as long as an A8 LWB. In GT mode, the steering wheel and pedals retract to give the driver more space while a Level 4 autonomous driving system takes over.
Audi says the Skysphere has a rear-mounted electric motor producing 632 hp and 720 Nm of torque that will propel it from 0-60 mph in 4 seconds. In GT mode it has a theoretical range of around 311 miles (WLTP).
While the Skysphere is just a concept and Audi most likely won’t be producing anything like it in the near future, many design elements and features will be incorporated into future Audi production vehicles. In fact, Audi reports they are currently further researching the adjustable wheelbase feature.
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