Audi will be releasing a new family of concept vehicles and recently, they’ve just unveiled the first and newest member, a breathtaking roadster. Dubbed the Audi skysphere concept, it is an electric-powered two-door convertible roadster that is related to the Audi design of tomorrow. The car is a representation of the brand’s vision for the progressive luxury segment of the future wherein the interior transforms into an interactive space while the vehicle serves as a platform for captivating and powerful experiences. The car was brought to life with autonomous driving, a seamless digital ecosystem, and a revolutionary redesign of the interior.

The Audi skysphere concept is the embodiment of how the brand is redefining luxury automobiles in the future. It is not anymore simply about driving. The clear objective of the concept car was to provide its occupants gripping and world-class experiences.

To be able to offer passengers the most freedom; the Audi skysphere concept have offers two different driving experience: a sports experience and a grand touring experience. The two options utilize a great technical detail: the variable wheelbase. Using electric motors and a sophisticated mechanism wherein body and frame components slide into each other allowing the vehicle to change the wheelbase and exterior length of the vehicle by 250mm. The ground clearance of the vehicle is also adjusted by 10mm to maximize comfort and driving dynamics.

The driver only needs to press a button to choose their own driving experience. In Sports mode, the car will have a reduced wheelbase and the driver will be able to pilot the 4.94-meter e-roadster themselves. The rear-wheel steering makes sure that despite the dimensions, the car is still very agile. In Grand Touring mode, the passengers are autonomously chauffeured around, and they can simply enjoy the scenery, the sky, the bigger legroom, as well as the services provided by a seamlessly integrated digital ecosystem.

In Grand Touring driving mode, the steering wheel as well as the pedals are hidden, opening up not just the space, but a whole new realm of possibilities for the passengers in the sporty convertible. At the same time, the Audi skysphere automatically tracks the road and traffic using its sensor system, driving its occupants safely to their destination.

Like the car’s interior design, the digitization and the ecosystem offer new realms of possibilities and worlds of experiences. Add Audi’s own services and capability to integrate digital services, the possibilities are practically limitless. Passengers are also able to share their experiences with everyone using social media as they can share images of the interior and the surrounding area. Some everyday tasks are also handled by the vehicle, going above and beyond simply the drive. The autonomous Audi skysphere concept gives its passengers information about their current destination. It also independently takes care of parking and charging.

Audi skysphere concept front

udi skysphere to be unveiled in California

As part of the upcoming Monterey Car Week, the luxury roadster will be making its public debut on August 13, 2021, at the legendary fairways of the Pebble Beach golf course. So, in a way, the vehicle will be making its debut around its home turf as the concept car was conceptualized and designed at the Audi Design Studio in Malibu which is very near the legendary coastal road connecting the Los Angeles suburbs with northern California, the Pacific Coast Highway.

The creative minds behind the project are studio manager Gael Buzyn and his team. For inspiration, they found a legendary classic model from the brand’s own history, the Horch 853 roadster. In the 1930s, the 5.20-meter convertible was the definition of luxury. In 2009, it won the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

The inspiration that the team took from its predecessor was mainly limited to the dimensions and proportions as it had a long front end and a compact cabin. The Horch is powered by an impressive straight-eight engine with a 5-liter displacement. The Audi skysphere on the other hand was equipped with mostly electric drive components between the front axle and the windshield like the charger and DC/DC converter. The adaptive wheelbase also has actuators and electronic and mechanical

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By: Reggie Sison
Title: Sneak Peek at the Audi skysphere Concept Car
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Published Date: Fri, 13 Aug 2021 01:57:46 +0000