The existing lineup of the Audi e-tron will get another member. The German automaker announces the production of the S version. The upcoming model will be offered in standard and Sportback variant. Also, it will include a tri-motor electric motors, with two powertrains mounted to the rear axle. Furthermore, this setup will improve traction, as well as the agility, and high-speed cornering. But, the company did not reveal the potential driving range of Audi e-tron S.
However, according to the reports, the electric crossover should come with a 95 kWh battery. The design of the upcoming model will be very attractive. The S version comes with exclusive flow-optimized wheel arch extensions and brake cooling ducts. The release date and pricing of these models are still unknown. Taking into account the prices for the rest of the lineup, we expect that the S version comes more expensive.
Audi e-tron S Engine Configuration
The three-motor setup of Audi e-tron crossover produces a total output of 429 hp (320 kW/435 PS) and 596 lb-ft (808 Nm) of torque. That’s far better than the current e-tron 55 Quattro, which delivers 335 hp (265 kW/360 PS) and 414 lb-ft (561 Nm) of torque. Moreover, the S variant will include a boost function as well. The boost function pushes the vehicle to 496 hp (370 kW/503 PS) and 718 lb-ft (973 Nm) of torque, for up to 8 seconds at the time. This function will enable the 0-60 mph (0-100 km/h) acceleration in 4.5 seconds, before running up to the electronically limited maximum speed of 131 mph (210 km/h).
Also, the three-motor configuration provides electrical torque vectoring as well. As the German carmaker claims when the driver accelerates out of a curve in a sporty manner, the electric engine will send up to 162 lb-ft (220 Nm) of torque more to the rear wheel on the outside of the curve, than the wheen on the inside of the curve.
This will enhance the agility of the vehicle, high-speed cornering, and excellent driving enjoyment. Audi stated that it would be very useful on a loose subsurface, or ice. The S crossover comes with a 95 kWh battery pack, which is capable of charging from 5% to 80% in about 30 minutes, with a 150 kW rapid charger. However, the driving range is still unknown.
As for the design, the upcoming Audi e-tron S brings flow-optimized wheel arch extensions, and brake cooling ducts that open when is needed. Besides, the additional digital side mirrors give the electric crossover a drag coefficient of 0.28. Moreover, the Sportback variant is smoother even more, with a drag coefficient of 0.26. The e-tron S offers 20-inch alloy wheels as standard, while 21- and 22-inch wheels come as optional. Also, the wheels are backed with a high-performance braking system, which includes six-piston calipers, and 15.7-inch (400mm) discs upfront. The calipers are painted in black, with a red “S” accent.
Furthermore, an adaptive damping air suspension will be a standard feature. It will enable the adjusting of the driving height. For example, during the dynamic driving, the ride can be adjusted up to 1.02 inches (26 mm). The German carmaker did not provide much info about the cabin of the Audi e-tron S model. Still, we know that the crossover comes with leather and Alcantara sports seats.
Also, you’ll find aluminum door sill plates, and brushed aluminum/carbon fiber trim. As in the regular version, the S and Sportback will include a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster. Likewise, there will be a 12.1-inch infotainment system, and an 8.6-inch display with access to climate control and similar settings.