Audi Grandsphere Debuts at IAA 2021

Audi Grandsphere Debuts at IAA 2021

Even with its impressive 720 HP electric-only powertrain, the futuristic cabin of Audi grandsphere is the star of the show.

The Ingolstadt-based automaker unveiled its grandsphere concept study at the IAA 2021 yesterday. This is the second installment of the three “sphere” concepts that Audi has been working on. The design of grandsphere concept aims to offer the comfort of luxurious private travel. As a result of this, grandsphere gets one of the most futuristic cabins we’ve ever seen. That’s not all, because Level 4 automated driving capability is also part of the package. This means grandsphere can cruise on freeways and maneuver through heavy traffic conditions with minimum human intervention.

A 120 kWh battery pack powers the grandsphere, and according to Audi, the concept can deliver 470 miles of range.  Customers can recharge the massive battery pack from 5% to 80% capacity in just 25 minutes, courtesy of its 800-volt fast-charging capability. Furthermore, the EV gets a dual-motor setup (one on each axle), and the electric-only powertrain produces 720 HP of power and 708 lb-ft of peak torque.

Sharp creases offset grandsphere’s curvaceous bodywork. The front-end is dominated by a flat hexagonal faux grille that lights up and houses the sensors for grandsphere’s autonomous driving system. The lighting units in the headlights are designed to emulate Audi’s four-ring logo. Audi’s Avus concept from the 1990s inspired the design of grandsphere’s gorgeous 23-inch rims.

Audi Grandsphere Debuts at IAA 2021

Futuristic interior space that offers a luxurious onboard experience

Audi grandsphere’s interior is its pièce de résistance. The car’s steering wheel, instrument display, and pedals retract when the car is in autonomous driving mode, to give occupants more cabin space. The car does not have any B-pillars, and the rear doors open backward, which makes it easy to get in and out of the vehicle.

The infotainment system of grandsphere makes large touchscreen units look antiquated. The concept car uses projectors to display images onto the wooden dashboard. Passengers can control the system with hand gestures and eye movements. The EV’s cabin comes equipped with a drinks cooler that slides out of the center console, which also houses a plant.

Audi has confirmed that its production cars will eventually receive the technologies that are debuting in the grandsphere concept study. The grandsphere concept will offer the foundation for Audi’s flagship sedans in the future. The German automaker’s next concept car will be the Audi urbansphere which will premiere sometime next year.

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Audi e-tron S & e-tron S Sportback Will Debut This Fall

Audi e-tron S & e-tron S Sportback Will Debut This Fall

Audi America confirmed much-awaited 2022 e-tron S and e-tron S Sportback models will make their stateside debut this fall.

Well, it has been a long wait, but they are finally here. Audi America has announced that high-performance S versions of its e-tron and e-tron Sportback EVs will make their stateside debut sometime later this year. The two offerings were first introduced over a year ago, but they were only available in the European markets. At the time, the Ingolstadt-based automaker also refrained from confirming whether it plans to launch these tri-motor-equipped models in the U.S.

Both Audi e-tron S and e-tron S Sportback models get a three-motor layout which produces 496 HP of maximum power and 718 lb-ft of peak torque. The S models use a pair of independent electric motors to power the rear wheels, while the front axle is propelled by the third motor. The 496 horsepower is only available for up to 8 seconds after the “Boost Mode” is engaged.

Once the boost mode is deactivated, the overall power output of the 95 kWh lithium-ion battery pack is limited to 429 HP and 596 lb-ft of torque. Audi claims that its models can accelerate from 0 to 60 MPH in just 4.3 seconds, courtesy of the boost mode. So far, the company has not revealed the acceleration time for the cars in their standard settings.

Audi e-tron S & e-tron S Sportback Will Debut This Fall

The cars also come equipped with Audi’s proprietary electric quattro system, which allows drivers to carry out controlled drifts. Both offerings get dual charging ports and up 150 kW of rapid charging capability. Using a Level 3 DC fast charger, drivers can recharge the battery pack of their all-electric Audi S models from 5% to 80% capacity in just 30 minutes.

The styling of the two models has also been updated, and Audi offers its Digital Matrix LED headlights as optional extras for both e-tron S and e-tron S Sportback. The cars ride on a set of 20-inch rims as standard, which comes wrapped in all-season tires. Customers can also opt for 21-inch and 22-inch alloys, which are available with summer tires. Launching Sometime this fall, these models will be the first all-electric Audi S offerings in the North American market.

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New vs. Old: Audi e-tron Sportback Races a V12-powered Q7 TDI

New vs. Old: Audi e-tron Sportback Races a V12-powered Q7 TDI

Mat Watson of CarWow drag races an Audi e-tron Sportback against a 2009 Q7 TDI equipped with a 6-liter V12 motor.

In one of CarWow‘s most recent videos, the YouTube channel uses the age-old rivalry between old and new as a parameter to investigate how an Audi e-tron Sportback fares against a first-generation Q7 (facelift model). The latter is propelled by a 6-liter V12 TDI diesel engine which produced 493 HP of maximum power and 738 lb-ft of peak torque in its factory tune.

CarWow’s presenter Mat Watson was quite impressed by the diesel Q7. Watson recently also proclaimed that the Q4e-tron is the best electric SUV on sale. Even though the e-tron Sportback is more powerful than its smaller sibling, it is still no match for the Q7 TDI, when it comes to the overall power output. The all-electric SUV produces 405 HP of power and around 490 lb-ft of torque. So it would seem that a drag race between the two models would favor the internal combustion model.

However, Watson was quick to highlight that “the idea behind this race is to show just how fast these latest electric cars are compared to internal combustion engines.” At 5,390 lbs the Sportback is much lighter than the V12 Q7, which weighs around 5,809 lbs. Thanks to its electric-only powertrain, the Sportback should also accelerate much faster than the Q7 TDI. Unsurprisingly, Watson also shared our opinion. “It could be a very close race. This (e-tron Sportback) will get off the line very very well, not sure how that (V12 Q7 TDI) will get off the line,” said Watson.

New vs. Old: Audi e-tron Sportback Races a V12-powered Q7 TDI

After an underwhelming soundcheck, both cars lined up for the first bout where the Q7 TDI proved to be victorious, on the account of a driver’s error.  Mat’s reaction time cost him the first race. “I held on the brake, and it just didn’t go very well,” explained Watson. Luckily, the drivers agreed to race a couple of more times, and on both occasions, the e-tron Sportback won the race with a quarter-mile time of 13.5 seconds.

The Q7 TDI made up for its losses by beating the e-tron Sportback in back-to-back rolling drag races, but the battery-powered model performed better in brake tests thanks to regenerative braking. Overall, CarWow’s latest webisode offers a thrilling ride and keeps the viewers on their toes throughout the video.

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805 HP E-Legend EL1 is an Audi Quattro-Inspired Super EV

805 HP E-Legend EL1 is an Audi Quattro-Inspired Super EV

Powered by a 90kWh battery pack, the Quattro-inspired performance EV can accelerate from 0 to 62 MPH in just 2.8 seconds.

Audi Quattro was not just a motorsport legend but also an engineering masterpiece. The iconic four-wheel-drive sedan helped Audi earn its sporty credentials, and now German atelier E-Legend has unveiled a battery-powered reboot of the glorious rally racer. The German firm’s latest product is an ultra-exclusive high-performance EV which will get a limited-unit production run.

The company has revealed that only 30 examples of the E-Legend EL-1 will make it production, and each model will be hand-built. The car will be powered by a 90 kWh battery pack, which will send power to a tri-motor setup. According to company estimates, the EL1 will be capable of delivering a 280-mile all-electric range. In its most track-focused mode, the company reckons its high-performance EV will have enough power to lap the historic Nürburgring Nordschleife twice.

805 HP E-Legend EL1 is an Audi Quattro-Inspired Super EV

Coincidently, Tesla also employs a 90 kWh battery pack to power its Model S and Model X variants. E-legend claims that EL1’s powertrain will produce 805 HP (600 kilowatts) of maximum power and that the car will accelerate to 62 MPH from a complete standstill in just 2.8 seconds. The entire ensemble is expected to weigh just under 3704 lbs (1680 kgs), and the top speed of E-Legend EL1 is limited to around 158 MPH (approximately 255 kph).

A majority of E-Legend EL1’s specifications remain undisclosed at this point. For instance, the company has confirmed that EL1 will get a carbon fiber monocoque architecture, but the German brand has refrained from disclosing the origins of the said vehicle architecture. The same goes for the car’s powertrain, as the company has not revealed the origins of E-Legend EL1’s battery pack and electric motors.

The design of the original Audi Quattro has inspired several styling elements of the EL1, which include the vents that are found on the tip of the EV’s hood.  The car rides on a pair of 19-ich wheels upfront, and the rear axle gets 20-inch rims. E-Legend has also announced that it plans to introduce other rally-inspired models in the future, and customers can get their hands on a copy of EL1 for the price of 1.26 million (£914,400).

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Audi Q4 E-Tron Hailed As the Best Electric SUV

Audi Q4 E-Tron Hailed As the Best Electric SUV

With prices starting at just under $45K, the Q4 e-tron is a competitively priced and good-looking alternative to VW ID.4, but carwow claims that it might be the best electric SUV on sale right now.

Audi’s all-new Q4 e-tron EV has a lot going for it, but carwow’s Mat Watson went a step further in his recent video and proclaimed that the Q4 e-tron might just be the best small electric SUV on sale. Last week, Watson got behind the wheel of Tesla’s flagship sedan to race an Audi RS e-tron GT, and predictably, the carwow presenter lost to Audi’s all-electric contender.

This week, Watson decided to play it safe and ditch the Model S, and instead of a race, the YouTuber offered a detailed review of Audi’s all-new electric-only SUV. There is no denying the fact that the all-new Audi Q4 e-tron is a striking piece of tech. The Q4 e-tron is a definitely major step up from VW’s ID.4 crossover in the premium features department, even though both offerings employ the same MEB vehicle architecture.

As it turns out, Watson agrees with our assessment. “Audi’s are all about the design really, and this is a good-looking car from the rear,” said Watson. He further added, “Overall though, I do think this car is quite a bit better looking than the Volkswagen ID.4, which it shares many of its parts with. That car (VW ID.4) just looks like a blob, whereas this has a bit more about it.”

Audi Q4 E-Tron Hailed As the Best Electric SUV

It was pretty much the same story inside the cabin as well. Audi Q4 e-tron’s interior offers plenty of space, and Watson claims that the battery-powered SUV feels even more spacious than the Audi Q3. The car also comes equipped with a wide range of creature comforts like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as standard.

“The inside of this Q4 is pretty nice, but then Audi always does nice interior designs doesn’t it. I like the shape of the dashboard the way it’s all angular, and there is different kinds of trims to help brighten things up,” said Watson.

The YouTuber also did a good job of pointing out some interesting features of the new Audi Q4 e-tron as part of carwow’s “Five or Nine things” segment, which makes Watson’s latest webisode an interesting watch. After reviewing the video, we find ourselves in complete agreement with Watson’s verdict: “Well, I reckon it’s the best small electric SUV you can buy.”

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