Audi is the latest automaker to dip into upscale e-bikes. The brand has introduced an electric mountain bike that takes design cues from its RS Q E-tron E2 electric Dakar Rally racer while promising high-end specs. Built by Italy’s Fantic (Autoblog notes it’s based on the XMF 1.7), it combines a 250W Brose motor (similar to that for Harley-Davidson’s Serial 1 Bash/Mtn) with Fantic’s 720Wh battery to deliver a sizeable 66ft/lb of torque.
While Audi isn’t providing the top speed or range at this stage, the power pack is decidedly larger than the Bash/Mtn’s 529Wh unit, which provides between 30 to 95 miles of range depending on conditions. Like other Brose-powered e-bikes, Audi’s model has four levels of electric assistance ranging from a mild Eco through to the all-out Boost mode.
The aluminum frame design uses decidedly different parts than the Porsche eBike lineup beyond the motor and battery. You can expect Braking IN.CA.S disc brakes, an Öhlins fork and shock, and Sram components for the chain, shifters and derailleur. You’ll also find Italian touches like the Vittoria tires and Sella Italia saddle. The Öhlins gear offers 7.1in of suspension travel versus the XMF 1.7’s 6.7in.
The Audi electric mountain bike comes in three sizes, but you’ll need to act quickly and carry a large bank balance. The bike is only available as a “limited run” model priced at £8,499 (about $10,200) in the UK. That puts it roughly on par with Porsche’s $10,700 eBike Sport, and it’s priced well above the $3,999 Bash/Mtn, the GMC Hummer e-bike (also $3,999) and the more powerful $5,499 Jeep e-bike. You’re paying for the big battery, the other well-known parts and Audi’s design. If you can afford one of Audi’s higher-end EVs, though, its two-wheeler is likely within reach.