Volkswagen Group-owned styling house Italdesign Giugiaro has previewed what a future self-driving Audi might look like. Revealed at this year’s Geneva motor show, the GEA concept car is being described as the “future of luxury mobility”.
The four-wheel-drive design study measures 1980 mm wide, 1460 mm high, and 5370 mm long, which is nearly 235 mm longer than a road-going Audi A8.
Featuring 60-spoke, 26” wheels, the concept is driven by four electric motors fitted on the differentials, delivering a total power output of 764 bhp. Top speed is claimed to be 155 mph.
Lightweight materials used for the chassis and body include aluminium, carbon-fibre and magnesium, resulting in a kerb weight of just over 2,000 kg.
The front and rear lighting system is based on Audi laserlight and LED technology. The red G which has marked all Italdesign Giugiaro concept cars since 2007, set in the middle of the rear, is illuminated and contains the camera which serves as both a rear-view mirror and a parking assistant.
In the absence of any B-pillars, book-type doors give way to the car’s interior, where the setting is split into two separate areas, namely, the driver’s area and the passenger area.
“When designing GEA we thought of the businessmen and businesswomen of tomorrow: the time spent travelling will become productive even in a car. With the three internal setting configurations, which can be selected on the control sphere situated between the two front seats, the car can turn into a travelling office, a wellness or a dream area,” said Wolfgang Egger, head of styling at Italdesign Giugiaro.
The cluster placed opposite the driver is completely digital. A 12” screen displays relevant driving information, and on either side two 3.5” screens have been fitted vertically, which project the pictures from the side cameras. When maneuvering, the central monitor projects the pictures from the rear camera instead.
Source: Italdesign Giugiaro