German automaker Audi will debut its prototype e-bike next week at Wörthersee in Carinthia, Austria. Audi’s e-bike promises to be highly advanced and versatile. Next week, biker Julien Dupont and downhill specialist Petra Bernhard will not only demonstrate their stunts and biking skills, but will showcase the bike’s performance and capability as well. “As a high-performance e-bike for sports and trick cycling, it features the Audi core competencies of design, ultra, e-tron and connect,” said Wolfgang Eggerstated, Head of Design at Audi. Check out the Audi e-bike in action after the break.
Audi’s e-bike weighs 24 pounds and it features a compact frame made of carbon fiber-reinforced polymer with a low center of gravity to make it superbly agile. Audi also used the same carbon fiber-reinforced polymer for the bike’s 26-inch wheels that features an “Audi ultra blade” design with broad flat spokes for an optimized transmission of pedal power. As for the e-bike’s 2.3 kW electric motor, it has the power to send up to 184 lb-ft. of torque to the rear wheel using a lithium-ion battery that, according to Audi, only needs 2.5 hours to fully charge.
The e-bike is also ideal for long rides, as the battery can also be easily be swapped out with a charged one. But what makes this bike special is that it come equipped with a smartphone that serves as the electronic control system of the bike. The smartphone is also used to operate five cycling modes: Pure, Pedelec, eGrip, Power Wheelie, and Balanced Wheelie. Unfortunately, we’ll have to wait until Audi will announce its price as well as its availability.