• The Concept made its public debut on 13 August at the Monterey Car Show.
• Its rear axle-mounted electric motor generates 465kW and 750Nm.
• Acceleration from 0-100km/h is done in four seconds.
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Audi is wasting no time where electric vehicles for the future is concerned, giving the motoring world a glimpse of its latest concept model - the Skysphere.
The electric-powered, two-door convertible made its public debut on 13 August at the heralded Monterey Car Show in California. Its source of power is a rear axle-mounted electric motor that generates 465kW and 750Nm. In a body weighing 1 800kg, acceleration from 0-100km/h is done in four seconds.
Forming part of its electrical powertrain is a 80kWh battery that allows for a driving range of 500km.
A design for the future
The elongated chassis rests on adaptive air suspension while sizeable 23-inch alloy wheels fill the arches all around. Also present is rear-wheel steering that allows the driver to select various steering ratios and settings.
Its design cues are futuristic, especially in the front, where there is no grille. Instead, it houses a singleframe with the illuminated four rings of the brand alongside the daytime running and LED headlights. Digitally controlled, scattered LED lights act as the rear lights.
The interior benefits from a high-quality sound system, large infotainment screens and an environmentally certified interior. The driver can choose between 'Sports' or 'Grand Touring' modes with variable driving dynamics at the touch of a button.
It remains to be seen whether or not the model will reach full production in the future and provides a glimpse into what the automotive future holds.