Audi Urban Concept

Article by Christian Andrei, on February 28, 2016

The Audi urban concept, was the brand’s latest technological breakthrough, an electric-powered show car that has four wheels but does not fall under any automobile category. Weighing 480 kg, the Audi urban concept is the perfect blend of a roadster, a city car, and a race car into one super model vehicle, having the ability to set a new trend within the automotive world.

Audi’s new concept defies categorization. It is clearly a redefinition of the phrase ‘driving pleasure’ as it is far from conventional models. The Audi urban concept was designed focusing on the essence and freedom of premium driving. Moreover, the motorized scooter provides the same comfort and safety of a closed vehicle. With its free-standing wheels and sleek body, the Audi urban concept is progressively dramatic while still being agile and comfortable.

The Audi urban concept has a two-seater cabin. Its roof slides back, allowing the passengers in. The technology provides a more exciting driving experience because the cover can be left open in times of good weather, which allows the vehicle to be quickly aired out. The finish of the model is characterized by Audi’s innate attention to details. The technology is a clear indication of Audi’s wide-ranging prowess, especially in ultra-lightweight construction.

The brand has developed an entirely new generation of premium vehicles with the Audi urban concept, which marks an entry point to Audi’s up and coming selection of electric cars— including the range-topping R8 e-tron high-performance sports car.

Exterior Design

The exterior of the Audi urban concept is all redefined and brand new, conjuring design parallels with the Auto Union race cars in the 1930s, which were conceptually way ahead of their time with their lightweight features and engines mounted in the rear. Furthermore, the large, open wheels stood out from the chassis— another design feature shared with the Audi urban concept.

The 3,219 mm/126.73 in long, 1,678 mm/66.06 in wide, 1,189 mm/46.81 in high vehicle, coated in Electric White, pearl effect paint, features a body on which all the lines surge forward. It has an extremely flat greenhouse and a roofline that drops down like a wedge. Meanwhile, its side window rises upward. The distinctive Audi tornado offers the vehicle a strong shoulder.

Accentuating the side view of the concept vehicle is an upright, forward-leaning blade located in front of the rear wheel. The Speed Red contour leads to a roll bar, reminiscent of the Audi R8 sports car. Its body flanks flare outward toward the bottom, enlarging the floor. This allows downforce at higher speeds as well as convenient battery charging via induction.

Furthermore, the Audi single-frame grille that sports the brand's four rings is a closed surface, which can be tilted forward to allow access to the charging socket. The narrow LED headlights have a 3D projection from the body of the Audi urban concept.

Its indicator signals are LED strips that run along the wings, which enclose the free-standing wheels. Additionally, the front wings turn with the wheels when driving. The three-dimensional rear lights, tail light, and brake light are all integrated and wrapped around the top of the rear window. For storage, there is a small luggage compartment that has the functionality of a drawer at the back.

Another key feature of the Audi urban concept is that the greenhouse's front segment mounted on rails is movable. It can be slid back over the fixed rear segment. The roadster-on-demand does not come with an airconditioning system or roll-down windows. The driver can either leave it open or keep the canopy closed — depending on his or her preference and the weather as well. Audi has also developed a second body alternative— a Spyder that comes with a flat window strip wrapped around the cockpit and doors opening at an upward angle.

Interior Design

Passengers can enter the Audi urban concept when the canopy is slid backwards. There is an edge where they can step over— like stepping into a bathtub. The upside of this characteristic is that it does not require much flexibility. Simplicity is highlighted with special seat cut-outs and a handle on the windshield frame.

The two-seater concept model allows the driver and passenger to sit next to each other. To give more shoulder and elbow room, the right seat offset 30 cm/11.81 in to the rear. The seats, which are upholstered with materials specifically made to the driver's measurements, are fixed components of the monocoque. These interior features result to a lightweight vehicle. Meanwhile, the seatbelts run through cut-outs in the seat backs.

The Audi urban concept gives its passengers the feeling of sitting in an airplane's cockpit because of its highly sporty seating position. Basically, the driver can adjust the positions of the steering column, which can be moved to a maximum 14 cm/5.51 in (there is also a 6-cm/2.36-in allowance for a custom driving position), and the aluminum pedals, which can be moved to a maximum 22 cm/8.66 in.

The steering column is a thick designed section that is open in the center and mounted almost horizontally. The small, hexagonal steering wheel is composed of buttons and roller switches for various controls such as the Audi driver select modes. At the end of the column, the driver can access vital driving information on the display.

The interior was designed to meet the strict qualifications of coming up with an ultra-lightweight construction. A wing-shaped section, which is open in the middle, runs below the windscreen across the whole cabin. The dashboard style has satellite controls for two large air vents and a heater.

The floor is covered with an innovative mat, which is made from a material originally intended for water repellent and durable athletic shoes, instead of a carpet. The seats, on the other hand, are covered with cloth, which has kangaroo-leather-framed edges. Aluminum touches also accentuate the dashboard elements.

The concept vehicle sports pushrod technology inspired by motorsport. The struts mounted in the monocoque's interior are almost horizontal. To provide stopping power, the Audi urban concept is incorporated with four disc brakes.

The turning circle, measuring less than 9 m, is ideal for a city car. Power assistance is not necessary for the rack-and-pinion steering because of the Audi urban concept's low weight. For safety measures, the vehicle is employed with crumple zones in both the rear and the front, and two airbags. There is also a high-tech assistance system that helps the driver to prevent collisions with pedestrians.


On the other hand, the lithium-ion battery is transversely mounted behind the seats. The 90 kg battery stores usable energy of about 7.1 kWh. The Audi urban concept has two electric motors, which produce 15 kW/20 PS of continuous power and 47 Nm/34,67 lb.-ft. torque altogether. The motors are mounted between the rear wheels, which are equipped with a single-speed transmission.

The vehicle can accelerate up to 62 mph in just 16.9 seconds. It can run up to 37 mph in just six seconds. The torque is available fully from standstill, allowing the Audi urban concept to quickly react to traffic lights.

In the European driving cycle, the action radius is over 50 miles. Moreover, the battery can be completely recharged with 400-volt three-phase current in 20 minutes, and with 230-volt household current in about an hour.

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