When I hear the name Messerschmitt, I instantly think back to the German airplane maker and its creations during World War II. But they also made cars, and this video caught an Audi compact EV testing somewhere in Berlin that has everyone saying Messerschmitt.
So I headed on over to Wikipedia, and what would you know, they have an article on the Messerschmitt K200, a three-wheeled bubbletop car produced from 1955 to 1964. These types of kooky cars were popular in post-WarEurope, as many people could not afford a fully-fleshed out four-wheeled sedan.
Perhaps Audi’s thinking is similar, what with the world economy currently in the tank. Audi has just today released sketches of what they are uncreatively calling the “Urban Concept,” which actually looks a lot cooler than it sounds. It’s also a lot different from the Messerschmitt K200 that everyone is comparing it to. For one, it has four wheels. It also has two electric motors, and all-wheel drive. But it is small, with the driver and passenger sitting in an inline fashion, so there is that too, and it would slot in nicely with the other e-tron concepts the German automaker has been rolling out.
But unlike the K200, Audi says it has no intentions to produce the Urban Concept, which will make its official debut at the Frankfurt Auto Show in September. But if there’s enough interest, anything is possible. I think it’d be cooler if they brought it back as a three-wheeler, like Morgan is doing, though I could always settle for my own version of the Frankenschimitt…
Chris DeMorro is a writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to HEMIs. You can read about his slow descent into madness at Sublime Burnout or follow his non-nonsensical ramblings on Twitter @harshcougar.