Audi e-bike boasts on-board computer with touchscreen display

Andrea Divirgilio / May 14, 2012

Combining the Audi brand’s fundamental competences like the exclusive design, ultra, connect and e-tron, the Audi’s e-bike Wörthersee looks futuristic at the very first glance, which explores the greatest extent of what is technically feasible in terms of lightweight construction, electric mobility, and design. However, we have earlier seen some of the finest e-bikes like the M55 e-bike Terminus Royal edition, Panasonic’s e-bike with LCD monitor and the world’s first e-bike, and now, it’s the time to see the Audi’s e-bike Wörthersee, which is neither a conventional bike nor a pedelec, but is best described as Audi’s high-end pedelec made for fun, tricks and sports.

Audi e-bike Wörthersee

The Audi Wörthersee is a bike for tomorrow and beyond; all its components, including the pedals even have been shaped by the master Audi designers. With its radically-light carbon-fiber frame that weighs only 1.6 kg and wheels made from CFRP that weighs only 600 grams, it is described to be one of the lightest e-bikes with an overall weight of only 21 kg. In all, the e-bike Wörthersee exemplify the full-extent of the Audi’s expertise in ultra-lightweight construction. Further, this e-bike also sports on-board computer which is located in the frame top tube and is operational using a touchscreen. Among the various functions, it provides recording trick sequences, riding mode selection and adjustments of various e-bike functions. Also, the rider’s smartphone communicates via WLAN with bike’s computer.

Audi e-bike Wörthersee

This all carbon-fiber e-bike houses a powerful 2.3 kW motor, which is a new top value on the e-bike scene. Also, the rider can flick this e-bike by choosing between five different riding programs, which either support the use of ‘wheelie mode’ or shift your weight around by leaving it fully ‘electric-only’ travel. The motor-assisted pedaling mode can take the rider up to the speed of 50 mph, and at 31 mph even if the rider is not interested on using his legs.

The Audi e-bike Wörthersee gets fully charged-up in a quick 2.5 hour charge-up time to take you to spin around the town in style. However, Audi is calling this prototype only a ‘show bike’, which is a close sign that e-bike enthusiasts have to look for some other similar options, if available.

Via: DVice

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