Audi Skysphere concept unveiled – with adjustable wheelbase and L4 autonomous driving
Audi has unveiled its latest concept car, the Audi Skysphere Concept, ahead of its public debut this Friday (13 August) in California.
The Audi Skysphere concept is a large two-seater that showcases the electric and autonomous future of the Audi brand.
The concept car was conceived and designed at the Audi Design Studio in Malibu, just a stone’s throw away from the Pacific Coast Highway, the legendary coastal road that connects the suburbs of Los Angeles with northern California.
Adjustable wheelbase for two driving modes
One interesting idea being explored with the Skysphere concept is the flexible dimension of the car. The wheelbase can be adjusted to accommodate two dring modes – “Sports” and “Grand Touring”
The overall length of the car is 4.94 meters in “Sports” and 5.19 meters in “Grand Touring”.
In “Grand Touring”, the steering and pedals stow away, creating a spacious cabin for you to relax in.
Upon changing the wheelbase and thus the operating mode from GT to Sport, the light signature also changes and sends a clear indication of the changed character of the Audi Skysphere concept, particularly in the area around the Singleframe.
The dash and center console also change with the modes.
Audi Skysphere Concept Overview
Although a concept, some basic information is provided on the Skysphere Concept’s technicalities.
|Motor||1 motor mentioned for rear wheels|
|Max. Power||632 PS|
|Total Torque||750 Nm|
|0-100 km/h||4 seconds|
|Battery capacity||~80 kWh|
|Range (WLTP)||>500 km|
Audi Skysphere Concept Chassis & Dimensions
The length of the Audi Skysphere can change by 250 mm to accommodate the two driving modes.
Besides rear wheel steering, the Skysphere also features steer by wire, which the driver can adjust the steering ratio and settings via the main screen.
Audi Skysphere basic dimensions
|Length (Grand Touring)||5,190 mm|
|Length (Sports)||4,940 mm|
|Height (Grand Touring)||1,240 mm|
|Height (Sports)||1,230 mm|
|Tyre size||285/30 R23|
|Front suspension||Double wishbone|
|Rear suspension||Double wishbone|
|Steering||steer by wire with rear-wheel steering|
Audi Skysphere Concept interior
Interior materials include sustainably produced microfiber fabric upholstery, environmentally certified eucalyptus wood and synthetically produced imitation leather.
The seats offer variable positions that give passengers freedom to move and legroom that can otherwise only be experienced when flying first class on an airplane.
The steering and pedals are stowed away in “Grand Touring”. Spanning infront of the driver seat is a 1,415 mm touchscreen that can be used to display content from the Internet, video conferences, or streamed movies (in Grand Touring mode).
More “Spheres” to come
Following the debut of the Audi Skysphere Concept, Audi will soon unveil the Audi Grandsphere Concept and Audi Urbansphere Concept – all to be ready for Level 4 autonomous driving.