Audi is going all-in on luxurious, performance-oriented EVs, and the brand will preview its future via three “Sphere” concept vehicles. The first of these is the Skysphere, a sleek two-seat roadster that will make its first public appearance at the 2021 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. This new electric concept features autonomous technology and a clever adjustable wheelbase. The Skysphere has two different driving modes. The first is called ‘Grand Touring’, and in this setting the steering wheel and pedals retract and the Skysphere drives autonomously using its level 4 tech. The second mode – ‘Sports’ – sees the steering wheel and pedals returned to their conventional position and the Skysphere’s wheelbase shrink by 250mm, reducing the car’s overall length from 5.19 meters to 4.94 meters. The ride height also drops by 10mm, while the infotainment screen splits, with half of the display focused more on the driver.
The Audi Skysphere Concept is powered by a single electric motor that drives the rear axle. It produces 632hp and 750Nm of torque, which is good for a 0-60mph time of four seconds flat. No exact info on the batteries has been revealed, other than them being in excess of 80kWh in capacity and returning more than 311 miles of range on a single charge when in GT mode.