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Audi Introduces an Italian-Powered Electric Mountain Bike Inspired by the Dakar Racer

Audi increased the number of electric cars in its lineup, but there’s a catch: this one lacks all-wheel drive. The brand-new electric vehicle from the company is a mountain bike with a suspension system that is remarkable and runs on a powertrain from Italian manufacturer Fantic.

Marketed as a limited-edition model, the 56-pound mountain bike has a livery that draws inspiration from the Dakar Rally winner, the RS Q E-Tron, from earlier in 2024. The battery cover and wheels have orange highlights, while the frame is finished in two tones of black and gray. With the exception of its livery, Audi’s e-bike resembles the Fantic XEF 1.9 Factory, on which it is based. 29-inch front and 27.5-inch rear tires are mounted on it.

The Öhlins RXF38m is air-sprung, so riders can rely on it.A coil-sprung Öhlins TX22M and two forks.Two rear springs are used to cushion trail bumps. The suspension system has a travel of 180 millimeters, or around seven inches, and is completely adjustable. Brakes made by Sunstar are standard.

With a 36-volt lithium-ion battery pack, the motor can provide torque up to 67 pound-feet. At up to 20 mph, riders can select from four different levels of assistance, named Eco, Tour, Sport, and Boost, respectively. You’ll have to count on your legs above that. Depending on the terrain, the rider’s weight, and how frequently the electric motor provides assistance, the bike’s range can range from 12 to 90 miles. A LCD on the handlebar allows riders to switch between the settings.

The mountain bike, which is sold directly by Audi and comes in three sizes (small, medium, and large), costs $9,795 (taxes not included). The summer of 2024 will see the beginning of deliveries, and Audi has not yet defined what a “limited-edition model” is. Additionally, riders may order equipment bearing the Audi name, such bike racks that work with certain models of the company, including the Q7, and cycling jerseys, gloves, and water bottles.

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