Audi drops images of Urban Sportback and Spyder concept cars

In what begun as just a few sketches, Audi is now showing off a load computer generated images of its two-seat Urban Sportback and Spyder concept models. The extreme concept machines will make their world premiere at the upcoming 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show in Germany.

Little is known about the concepts so far but Audi says they are pure-electric powered and are not descended from any previous Audi model. The development of the concepts is based on the principles of lightweight construction, efficiency and reduction.

The tiny concepts are certainly striking with their exposed 21-inch wheel wheels and a body size of just 3,200mm long, 1,700mm wide and a mere 1,200mm tall. In terms of power, motivation comes from two e-tron electric motors that draw energy from a lithium-ion battery. The body is made from a lightweight mix of carbon fibre-reinforced polymer and aluminum to construct the two models.

The hardtop Urban Sportback model features a canopy that forms part of the body and slides up and to the rear to reveal a 1+1 seat layout with the passenger positioned back and to left of the driver. In Spyder form, there is no sliding canopy, instead occupants enter through a pair of diagonally-opening doors.

More info on the concept studies is expected to be released closer to the Frankfurt Motor Show.

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