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 |  Nov 05 2011, 10:58 AM


The Audi Urban Concept unveiled last month at the Frankfurt Auto Show is now reportedly headed for low-volume production.

According to sources inside the German automaker, Audi will produce a limited batch of 999 units as a test run, each to be sold at 9999 Euros.

Don’t assume that just because it’s a “test run,” that Audi isn’t taking the project seriously. Each of the initial Urban Concepts will be produced in-house by Quattro or by a specialist supplier.

A simple and clean city runabout, the Urban Concept will feature two e-tron electric motors tethered to a lithium ion battery array.

GALLERY: Audi Urban Concept


[source: CAR]

 |  Aug 10 2011, 10:39 AM

Audi says its urban concept (with trendy lowercase letters) “combines elements of a racing car, a fun car and an urban car into one radical new concept.” Well, we’ll see about that come Frankfurt.

The urban concept is designed, as its name alludes, to fit into the sort of tight city spaces we still manage to cram Escalades into. As such, it only seats two people—Audi calls it “1+1 seating”—and has a silly door configuration: the entire rear midsection slides back to allow ingress.

This city car emphasizes sportiness over other urban runabouts: the cockpit is made from carbon fiber, and the 21-inch LED-infused wheels are freestanding from the body. Everything inside is adjustable for the driver, including the pedals, flat-bottomed steering wheel and heavily-bolstered seats.

Power comes from two e-tron electric motors, with a lithium ion battery. The specifics aren’t out yet in regards to weight and power, but we’ll just have to wait until the Frankfurt Motor Show that Audi will be dominating next month.