Oh how I love it when big motor shows like the Paris Motor Show are going on.
Audi has revealed their latest concept car at the Paris Motor Show, the Crosslane Coupe Concept. It is a 2-seater convertible coupe crossover that features a hybrid powertrain with a small gas engine. The inside of the car is quite edgy for Audi and is based around sharp, angular designing.
Audi is using a mix of aluminum, carbon fiber-reinforced polymer and fiberglass-reinforced polymer to create the car’s frame. This allows the car to stay rigid even with a light weight of 3,064 pounds.
The concept is power by a 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine, an electric motor that acts as a starter and alternator, and a second electric motor that adds horsepower to the wheels. All together these engines put out 176 horsepower, allowing the car to travel from 0 to 62 mph in just 8.6 seconds, but it has a top speed of a paltry 113 mph.
From 0-34 mph, the electric motor that adds horsepower powers the car and above 34 mph all engine work together to provide power to the car. Once the car reaches a speed of over 80 mph, the three-cylinder gas engine becomes the primary source of power.
It seems like a cool concept for a car, especially when it comes to the powering of the car. But as far as the design goes, I can’t be excited about it.