Dubbed as “an extremely emotion-inspiring sports machine,” Audi’s e-bike Wörthersee features the “Audi core competences of design, ultra e-torn and connect,” at least in the words of design head Wolfgang Egger.
And just like a Formula 1 car, it has every possible gadget that you could ever need.
It’s certainly one of the most advanced designs we’ve seen in terms of on-board tech, as the bike features a built-in computer complete with a touchscreen that displays a rider’s current road speed, distance, slope angle, and even lets them record trick sequences.
The cyclist can choose between a total of five cycling modes including pure muscle power, the electric motor alone, or pedaling supported by the electric motor.
In the electrically-assisted “Pedelec Mode,” a top speed of up to 80 km/h (50 mph) can be reached, with a range of between 31 and 44 miles. The eGrip mode supplies all the power with the twist of a handlebar-mounted throttle control; that mode can take the rider to speeds of up to 50 km/h (31 mph).
Also– there are “wheelie” modes, where if you tip the bike back on the rear wheel and ride it upright, with the motor taking care of balance issues. Maybe not totally practical, but this is an interesting take on the different ways a bike can be ridden.
Plus, it doesn’t seem like Audi was going for “practical.”