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Audi Crosslane Coupe concept debuts in Paris
Audi has revealed its futuristic Crosslane Coupe concept at the 2012 Paris Motor Show. Keeping in line with its futuristic design cues the Audi crosslane coupe has a dual mode, three-cylinder petrol/electric hybrid powertrain.
The petrol engine is a 1.5-litre turbocharged unit that develops 130PS of power and 200Nm of torque while electricity comes from two electric motors. The first motor (EM 1) acts primarily as a starter and alternator while the second electric motor (EM 2) can power the wheels with 116PS of power and 250Nm of torque. The lithium ion battery has an output of 17kWh that gives the Audi Crosslane Coupe concept a driving range of 84 kilometres.
The dual mode hybrid enables the Audi Crosslane Coupe concept to go from 0-54km/h solely powered by EM 2 and is solely powered by the battery. At 54km/h the petrol engine kicks in and works in conjunction with the alternator (EM 1) to produce, relieve or substitute the battery should it run out of charge. The electric mode is possible till 128km/h above which the petrol motor is the sole source of power.
The Audi Crosslane Coupe concept has two drive settings, cruise and race. Cruise prioritises electric driving while race focuses on higher performance by making the petrol engine deliver most of the power.
The Audi Crosslane Coupe concept is a 2+2 seater that is 4.21 metres long, 1.88 metres wide and 1.51 metres tall, with a wheelbase of 2.56 metres and weighs just 1,390kg. Built out of aluminium, carbon fibre reinforced polymer (CFRP) and glass fibre reinforced polymer (GFRP), the crosslane coupe has a multi-material spaceframe that breaks new ground in terms of weight, cost and energy usage in a life cycle assessment.