Audi is taking their luxury auto engineering acumen from four wheels to two.
The fruits of their labors?
A mean-looking bicycle concept named e-bike Worthersee.
It just debuted in May and Audi North Scottsdale has to say, we really hope they bring it to production.
Much like the new Audi vehicles you'll find in our Phoenix showroom (i.e., the 2012 Audi A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A8, Q5?), it's made for fun and leaving passerby's jaws agape.
The three areas Audi spent longest trying to redefine are bike weight and power.
In terms of weight, Audi left no part of the e-bike Worthersee untouched. The frame is built from super lightweight carbon fiber. Without the engine, it weighs a mere 3.53 pounds. The wheels, which weigh just under 1.25 pounds each, are made from CFRP. The complete bike, minus the electric engine comes in at 46.30 pounds.
Power is derived from a cutting-edge li-ion battery situated at the lowest point on the frame. It boasts record-breaking speed within the e-bike segment. Taking into account the bike's overall weight, Audi has achieved yet another record value: power-to-weight ratio. This is 19.84 pounds per kilowatt. And, it only gets better from there.
People looking to get a little exercise have the option of using the bike's pedals. All you have to do is choose "Pure" - one of six different modes available. By comparison, "Wheelie" mode electronically controls power in order to assist riders when the front wheel is airborne.
What will Audi think of next?
Stay tuned to the Audi North Scottsdale blog and find out.