Audi has unveiled the Skysphere, a new concept electric car that can function as both a grand tourer and a luxury sports car on demand. Audi stated in an official statement that this was created to provide two distinct sensations for enthusiasts seeking the best of both worlds.
The concept car can be converted from a grand tourer to a sports car in a matter of seconds by pressing a button.
The electric concept car is unique in that it can extend its wheelbase and ground clearance as needed.
The Audi Skysphere’s 4,940 mm wheelbase can be extended by 250 mm to 5,190 mm. Similarly, the ground clearance can be increased by at least 10 mm to improve the car’s comfort and dynamics.
The creative minds behind this project, Gael Buzyn, the head of the design studio, was inspired by a legendary classic model in the company’s history: the Horch 853 roadster, to design this innovative ‘concept car.’
Audi Skysphere EV Design
The Audi Skysphere features a futuristic electric car design that will be seen in Audi vehicles in the coming years, according to the automaker. The front of the Skysphere has a single-frame grille that can be illuminated. For a unique light sequence, the fully covered panel is dotted with several LEDs.
The car’s wide curves and large flared wheel arches give it a masculine appearance on the sides. The Skysphere is supported by a set of 23-inch wheels inspired by vintage wire-spoked wheels.
With a large glass surface that follows a traditional design, the car’s rear section combines elements of a speedster and a shooting brake. Under the glass, two suitcases, designed specifically for the concept car, are secured with straps. To complete the look, the LED pattern seen on the front is also reflected here.
Not only can the interior of the Audi Skysphere be transformed in terms of dimensions, but it can also be transformed from autonomous to regular driving mode. The steering wheel is hidden in autonomous mode, and the dashboard transforms into a giant touch screen.
The Skysphere’s interior also reflects a bright and airy cabin. The seats are upholstered in a microfiber fabric that is made in a sustainable manner. Inside, you’ll find environmentally certified eucalyptus wood and synthetic leather, as well as other sustainable manufacturing materials.
The electric motor on the rear axle of the Audi Skysphere EV concept is responsible for supplying power to the axle’s wheels. The roadster, which weighs around 1,800 kg and has a power output of 632 hp and a maximum torque of 750 Nm, can accelerate from 0 to 100 kmph in just 4 seconds.
According to the WLTP standard, using the GT program, the battery capacity is more than 80 kWh, allowing for a range of more than 500 kilometers.