Audi’s first quantity EV went on sale final yr within the type of the 2019 E-Tron SUV, which is already successful loads of accolades.
But the automaker is difficult at work growing a sooner, performance-oriented model of the E-Tron that we should always see later this yr. This new mannequin is the E-Tron S, prototypes for which have been noticed on the Nürburgring and on among the German racetrack’s surrounding roads.
An E-Tron S Sportback can be coming, a prototype for which we examined in February.
The prototype proven right here could appear like a normal E-Tron however in case you look just a little nearer you will discover some modifications that trace at it being for a efficiency providing.
Slightly bigger intakes on the flanks of the entrance fascia are there to feed extra cool air to the brakes, that are additionally bigger than on the usual E-Tron. The wheels and tires are additionally wider than on the usual E-Tron, as they seem to nearly fill the wheel arches on the prototypes. We additionally spot a brand new diffuser design on the rear.
The powertrain can be a tri-motor setup, with one motor up entrance and two on the rear. To increase effectivity, solely car will function with solely the rear motors throughout freeway driving. But at peak efficiency the setup will ship 496 horsepower and 718 pound-feet of torque.
Audi E-Tron S Sportback prototype
According to Audi, the E-Tron S will scoot to 60 mph in underneath 4.5 seconds. We assume will probably be means underneath 4.5 seconds, although.
By having two unbiased motors on the rear, Audi will have the ability to exactly range torque between the rear wheels. At the entrance, normal brake-based torque vectoring is relied upon.
As for the battery and vary, we’ll most probably see Audi stick to the usual E-Tron’s 95-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery. The battery is rated by the EPA at 204 miles in the usual E-Tron and 218 miles within the extra aerodynamic E-Tron Sportback.