Audi PB18 E-Tron Concept Is A Driver’s Car From The Future

In a world where every new electric vehicle concept seems to be fitted with autonomous driving systems, Audi has done the automotive world a favour with its latest creation. Welcome to the Audi PB18 e-tron Concept.

Introduced during Monterey Car Week in California, the PB18 e-tron Concept is an all-electric supercar that’s designed specifically for driving thrills. Consequently, there is no semi-autonomous driving technology.

The car uses three electric motors. Up front, there’s a motor delivering 201 hp while two other motors power the rear wheels and output a further 604 hp. In typical driving, the combined power sits at 671 hp and 612 lb-ft of torque but if the driver is brave enough, peak power of 764 hp can be funneled to the ground in short bursts. All told, the concept hits 62 mph (100 km/h) in a touch over two seconds.

Beyond all the impressive grunt the powertrain delivers, it has also been designed to be exceptionally efficient. With that in mind, the PB18 e-tron recovers a considerable amount of energy while it’s being driven as the electric motors are solely responsible for decelerating the vehicle in low-to-moderate braking scenarios.

The presence of electric motors at both the front and rear axles has allowed Audi to implement a Torque Control Manager that works alongside the Electronic Stabilization Control. This system actively distributes power to the wheels as needed to provide the best possible performance.

As for the battery, it is 95 kWh in capacity and has an impressive range exceeding 500 km (310 miles) in the WLTP cycle. The concept has also been designed for charging with a voltage of 800 volts, meaning it can be fully recharged in just 15 minutes. The car also supports Audi Wireless Charging that simply involves placing a charging pad on the floor and the car being parked over it. The alternating magnetic field creates an alternating voltage in the secondary coil fitted in the floor of the car, allowing it to charge wirelessly.

The Audi PB18 e-tron Concept also takes inspiration from Audi’s successful R18 e-tron quattro Le Mans racing car and comes complete with a similar suspension system. This setup combines push-rods on the front axle with pull-rods at the rear. Both the front and rear are completed with adaptive magnetic ride shock absorbers.

Another interesting element of the concept is its cabin. Depending on the driver’s preferences, the interior can be changed from a two-person layout to a single-seater configuration.

Audi has no plans on bringing the PB18 e-tron Concept to the road.


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    • Six_Tymes

      wow, most definitely

    • Ermal Morina

      even the wheels look kinda the same

    • Matthew Boyd

      Thats pretty cool. Good find.

  • Knotmyrealname

    Gorgeous. Lovely details, and some cool realisation of ideas. And yes, the Citroen’s modern cousin.

  • Hoe

    Not an SUV concept from VAG, wow.
    The same grill as usual, sleek lamps with dancing patterns and spoiler drama…
    Not original at all

    • Mynameis Taylor

      it is very original

  • enthusia

    if they aren’t going to preview an entirely new design language then why bother making this concept? it obviously doesn’t do anything they claim it does, it’s probably just a plastic shell for all we know, so what’s the point? i feel like this is the 3rd time i’ve seen this concept from audi.

    don’t get me wrong i love a concept for the sake of concepts, but this does nothing for me, especially considering that audi used to reveal such astonishing concepts many years ago.

  • Alban Gojani

    I like the design, but it looks too much like a Peugeot or Citroen. Not that that’s bad, but this doesn’t look like an Audi to me.

  • Tinky-Winky

    Nice! I really like that Audi chose to go with shooting brake body style.

  • They said this car could previewed next R8, the front is alright, not sure about the back though.

  • TheBelltower

    Hello sexy!

  • Maria Marqueza

    this is so cool!

  • Matthew Boyd

    Manic design as it’s a concept. What I’m more impressed about is what is coming for Audi future performance e-tron models… You will not be alone Taycan…

  • Alx

    That’s one French looking derrière…

  • TheVuvuzelanist

    Pretty interesting overall, I love that they made it a hatchback looking thing… but I just cannot understand the pointyness of the rear end, it looks atrocious.

  • botornot387

    Make mine Suzuka Gray matte with black optics package! Very cool concept that should filter somewhat down to a production car.

  • SteersUright

    While GM, Ford, and Chrysler pick their nose, Audi…

  • tkindred

    What are all the grills and openings for?

    • Bob

      I’m guessing aero primarily: cooling of brakes and high-performance electric components too?

  • fathornyblackandjoe

    The moving seat thing seems impractical. What happens to the airbags and other safety systems? Wouldn’t sitting in the middle like that give you *TWO* blindspots to worry about? (yes, there are cameras, but some times you need a backup, and/or you want to “eyeball it” with your actual eyeballs). What happens when you reach your destination…you have to wait for the seat to slide back over…? And what about drive-thru windows, tollbooths, and when cops pull you over?

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