Audi Skysphere Concept to Debut at Pebble Beach
Monterey Car Week is a popular auto showcase event where the most exclusive, expensive, and impressive vehicles are displayed. The event, which takes place this week in Monterey, California, features the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, a showing of the best collector cars. This year, Audi is bringing a unique concept vehicle that honors a previous show winner and demonstrates the brand’s future vision. The Audi Skysphere concept vehicle is an open-top electric car with striking style and advanced tech.
Audi says the concept’s electric motor delivers 465 kilowatts of power and 750 Newton meters of torque, translating to around 611 horsepower and over 550 pound-feet of torque. Though the car is over 17 feet long, it only weighs 3,968 pounds, so its acceleration is fierce, Audi says. The automaker quotes a 0-100 km/h (62 mph) time of just four seconds for the concept.
The Skysphere’s batteries sit behind the passenger compartment, and its motor sits on the rear axle, which gives the car better weight distribution and handling, Audi says. The automaker expects battery capacity to exceed 80 kWh, which should give the vehicle a range of over 300 miles using current WLTP (EU-regulated) measurement standards.
Looking at the Skysphere concept, it’s hard not to see a strong resemblance to various versions of the Batmobile, though that’s not the look Audi is looking to achieve. The concept’s design is inspired by the Horch 853 from the 1930s, which won the Concours d’Elegance at Pebble Beach in 2009. The Audi’s dimensions are similar to the 853, and its lines are reminiscent of the almost century-old convertible, but with large touchscreens and a high-end stereo, the concept is a world away from its spiritual predecessor.
The Skysphere is one of three concepts that Audi is building to demonstrate its vision of “progressive luxury.” The other two—Audi Grandsphere and Audi Urbansphere—will come later and feature the same forward-looking interior layouts, advanced and customizable infotainment systems, and electrified powertrains, according to the automaker.
Vehicles are just part of Audi’s vision of our motoring future, however. The automaker says that its users will have access to exclusive concerts, cultural events, and sporting events that are only open to invitation holders. Audi wants to make its vehicles a “platform for experiences” that go beyond just being a means to travel from point A to B in the future and notes that it will start implementing these plans in just a few years.
Audi is the source of information for this article. It was accurate on August 10, 2021, but it may have changed since that date.