Audi has released first photos of its electric-powered Urban Concept and its open-top sister, the Urban Spider Concept.
Audi will show a hard-top Sportback model and an open Spyder version of the Urban Concept at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show in September.
The Audi Urban Concept cars, which are a 1+1 seat, aren’t based on an existing model and were developed to be as small, light and sporty as possible.
The Audi Urban Concept has a sleek body. The wheels are free-standing, their surrounding protective plates feature blinking strips of LED lights. The highly concentrated look of the technical study, with its forward-urging lines, is dynamic and emotional – it lends Audi’s design language a completely new impetus.
On board there is room for two people, their position slightly staggered and at a sporty, low level. All controls and materials are subject to the dictates of ultra-lightweight construction in order to ensure they convey a completely unique, sensory allure. The driver can adjust the steering wheel and pedals to his own body measurements. Entry to the car is via the tailgate. The roof is designed to be maneuverable and slides to the rear to open.
The technology in the Audi Urban Concept reflects the full capabilities of the brand, especially when it comes to ultra-lightweight construction. The cockpit consists of carbon fiber-reinforced polymer, which integrates the undercarriage of both seats. The Audi Urban Concept rolls on wheels with a 21-inch diameter.
At 3200mm in length, 1700mm in width and 1200mm in height, the plug in electric city cars are 505mm longer, 140mm wider and 340mm lower than the Smart Fortwo Electric Drive.
Two e-tron electric motors provide the propulsion – providing the ultra-light Audi Urban Concept with the ability to accelerate powerfully. A lithium-ion battery supplies the energy – ideal for extended city tours.[wzslider height=”400″ lightbox=”true”]