The new Audi Active Sphere has been revealed, and it’s the last in the line of Sphere concepts for the brand. Read on for all you need to know.
- New Audi Active Sphere revealed
- Last in the line of Sphere concepts
- Jacked-up coupe off-roader
- 100kWh battery with up to 372 miles of range
- 442hp and 720Nm of torque
- Won’t actually go on sale
The new Audi Active Sphere concept has been revealed, and it’s certainly different to the other Sphere concepts you’ve seen so far.
It’s a jacked-up coupe with a pickup-like rear end, and it’s packed with plenty of clever technology as well.
New Audi Active Sphere design
The new Audi Active Sphere gives off strong Audi RS7 vibes. It’s a big four-door coupe with a pronounced bonnet and a curvy sloping roofline.
Unlike the RS7 though, the Active Sphere is jacked-up off-roader. It has a raised ride height, contrasting black cladding around the wheel arches and big side skirts. The glass grille at the font is a unique touch as well, more on that later…
The rear end gets a full-width light bar and a huge glass area. The rear window can also fold up over the roof to create a pickup bed with bike holders. How very lifestyle-y.
New Audi Active Sphere motors and batteries
The new Audi Active Sphere has a 100kWh battery, just like the Grand Sphere and Sky Sphere concepts. In the Active Sphere Audi says it can hold enough charge for “well over” 372 miles.
This concept also gets dual motors, although Audi claims that “mph or lateral acceleration are no longer at the top of the design specifications for this generation of new cars”.
This doesn’t mean it’ll be slow though, the motors produce a combined 442hp and 720Nm of torque, enough to accelerate from 0-60mph in 4.9 seconds. Not bad for a high-riding off-roader.
New Audi Active Sphere interior and infotainment
The Audi Active Sphere has a very weird interior. For starters, it has a lot of windows. You get two windscreens as well as windows in the bottom of the doors and a glass grille.
This allows you to see through the front of the car when you’re off-roading, unless you have a load of luggage in the front boot, which is supposed to help you navigate around jagged rocks and the like.
You also get four individual seats, a big heated and cooled box which runs through the centre of the car and no dashboard or steering wheel. Or at least it seems that way.
You see the Active Sphere has full self-driving technology, so the dashboard and steering wheel can fold away to give you an open cabin while the car whisks you along. You can fold this out when you want to take back control.
The Active Sphere also has a futuristic virtual reality infotainment system. There are headsets in the roof which use ‘augmented reality’ or ‘AR’ technology to replace a normal touchscreen.
They connect to the car’s on-board computer and project graphics directly into your line of sight. Motion trackers in the car monitor your hands and allow you to adjust settings using hand gestures alone, no buttons needed.
Will I be able to buy an Audi Active Sphere?
Sadly not. The Audi Active Sphere is just a concept car, so you can put your wallets away.
However, parts of this car will inspire future production models which Audi will reveal very soon. This is likely to be the Audi A6 e-tron and Q6 e-tron.
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