Audi used Monterey Car Week and particularly The Quail event to bring together the three electric concepts from the Sphere family: grandpshere, skypshere and urbansphere. The brand also reveals a teaser for a 4th member, the Active Sphere.
Monterey Car Week is held every year on the California coast and attracts thousands of spectators as well as many manufacturers. An unmissable event that takes place in several locations and is divided into several events, such as the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance or The Quail. It was precisely on this occasion that Audi decided to bring together three of its latest electric concept cars in front of the public, as described by the manufacturer in his press release.
Audi grandsphere concept
The latter could therefore again get a glimpse of the brand’s future through these three style studies, from the Sphere family. Alongside the new Audi S1 e-tron quattro Hoonitron unveiled at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion held at the Laguna Seca circuit, visitors could admire the grandsphere concept, the first to see the light of day last September .
The latter takes the form of a large all-electric luxury sedan with a Level 4 autonomous driving system. Under the hood, it has an engine with 710 horsepower and 960 Nm of torque, allowing it to reach 0 to 100 km/h in just over four seconds. Based on the PPE platform developed with Porsche, the concept embeds a 120 kWh battery that allows it to travel more than 750 km.
Audi skysphere: electric convertible
The audience was also able to admire and approach the Audi Skysphere Concept, which takes the form of a large electric convertible. Taking advantage of a variable wheelbase that ranges from 4.94 to 5.19 meters, this amazing creation is equipped with a rear engine of 632 horsepower and 750 Nm of torque, which allows it to go from 0 to 100 km/h in four seconds also despite a weight shown of 1,800 kilos anyway. The 80 kWh battery allows it to enjoy a range of around 500 km. Of course, level 4 autonomous driving is also included, so you can do without the steering wheel and pedals. Suffice it to say that it is not yet tomorrow that we will be able to test this functionality in France, while only level 3 autonomous driving will be approved from September 1st.
Audi urbansphere: a long SUV
Finally, the latest concept, called the Audi Urbansphere, was also present on the lawns of The Quail: A Motorsport Gathering. This heralds an unprecedented electric and autonomous limousine, designed for big cities. At 5.51 meters long, or 34 centimeters longer than an Audi A8, this latest addition offers many features, including a huge OLED screen integrated into the ceiling. Also based on the PPE platform, this style study, which shouldn’t see the light of day as is, is equipped with a 401 horsepower engine 690 Nm of torque, as well as a 120 kWh battery would allow it to travel up to 750 km.
Audi activesphere: a unique concept
But if Audi offers us a little look back at its latest electric concepts, it also takes the opportunity to announce the arrival of a fourth.
If it was not revealed physically during Monterey Car Week, the brand has just presented a first teaser. This then shows the silhouette of the car, which presumably takes the form of a raised model. For now, it’s hard to know what the latter will really look like, while the front is still under wraps. Without a doubt, it should remain in the same spirit as the previous concepts in the Sphere family.
If no technical information has been disclosed at this time, this style study is logically driven by an electric motor whose power is not known. We will have to wait a few more months before we know more, while its official presentation is not expected until next year. The resulting production version could then replace the current Audi A6 Allroad.
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