Audi Skysphere Review
The company’s e Tron family have any indications, the future of Audi is all electric this vehicle which will make its debut at the 2021 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance is a stunning to see grants were in this. At the height some pretty clever modern technology under the skin. Before I spoil any of that though .
The first thing you notice about this guy’s view is how big and imposing it is, and that’s by design out he actually took inspiration from the 1937 Porsche roadster that won the 2009 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance for this vehicles overall proportions and decidedly rear bias bodywork. However,
other than that, this thing is not a retro Readex, it is all new.
You see that up front with a version of the Audi single frame, obviously it’s no longer a grill because this is an Eevee and it doesn’t necessarily have the same cooling requirements.
So Audi updated it with these fantastic led accents up front. These also serve as little animations for example if you are turning or if you’re approaching the vehicle and unlocking it, these will kind of light up in a cool choreographed ballet as we’ve seen from other outtie vehicles .
this low beautiful hood which actually hides a pretty spacious bronc devolves into these fantastically peaky Coke bottle fenders. They also sort of recall another vehicle from outies past the original quadro of the 1980s you see that in the front and the rear fenders, which kind of submarine into this fantastic door shape, the whole thing just looks,
And from the rear it all tapers to this beautiful point, that kind of recalls the boattail speedster look of the 1930s it’s just fantastic.
It’s glorious. It doesn’t look retro but at the same time, it definitely calls back to outies past and it just looks the absolute business. Most interestingly though is this vehicles ability to literally change shape, thanks to a series of actuators on the front axle.
The wheelbase can shrink by about 10 inches, turning this car from a spacious and comfortable Grand Touring vehicle to a sporty and nimble two seat roadster out he calls this sport mode and the longer version GT mode. What’s more .
GT mode is also capable of level four autonomy, hiding the steering wheel and the pedals up under the dash to create a spacious and airy cabin.
The interior of the Audi sky sphere concept is nearly as impressive as the exterior, it’s trimmed in Walter wall blue akov a microfiber and vegan leather, giving us an eco friendly feel that also pays homage to the California coastline sustainably sourced eucalyptus appears on the door panels as well as intricate Art Deco details .
a full width screen on the dashboard offers plenty of information, and the steering wheel and driver portion of the screen motor forward in sport mode to give the vehicle a more intimate cockpit lightfield is a bit unusual for an Audi but very appropriate to the vehicles 1930s inspiration .
it’s actually rear wheel drive with a rear mounted electric motor sending more than 600 horsepower to those wheels out in quotes, zero to 60 time of about four seconds, and thanks to an 80 kilowatt hour battery pack, they’re targeting a WL TP range of 310 miles, the sky sphere is one of three upcoming outtie concept cars. The next to debut will be the grand sphere flagship luxury vehicle, followed by an urban sphere, which will be perfect for crowded city centres .
they preview the styling and technology that we can expect to see from the four rings in the future, although we do think some features like the extending wheelbase might get left on the cutting room floor , regardless if future Audi’s include the level four autonomy or the positively stunning styling of this sky sphere concept .
The next chapter in a story of progress : the Audi skysphere concept