The S, for these unaware, denotes the additional sportiness Audi baked into the mannequin. Which means larger brakes, a sportier suspension, and extra energy. There at the moment are three electrical motors on board—two on the rear and one in entrance—as an alternative of 1 at every axle, as within the regular E-Tron. Audi claims that the E-Tron S could make as much as 718 lb-ft of torque in Enhance mode. That is approach up from the traditional E-Tron’s 490 lb-ft (additionally produced in Enhance mode).
The E-Tron S makes use of the identical 95-kWh battery pack out there in the usual mannequin, however the sportier mannequin’s driving vary takes a slight hit. The conventional E-Tron goes an estimated 248 miles on a full cost on Europe’s optimistic WLTP check cycle, however the E-Tron S solely manages roughly 223 miles on the identical cycle. The Sportback mannequin sees a bigger drop, falling from 271 miles to 226. EPA figures are unavailable for the E-Tron S, as Audi has no plans to deliver the mannequin to our shores.
Adaptive air suspension is normal and Audi tuned it particularly to this utility. There’s additionally now absolutely electrical torque vectoring (on the again), very similar to on the Acura NSX (which employs two electrical motors on the entrance finish).
To offer the E-Tron S a barely extra aggressive stance, Audi widened the wheel arches by nearly two inches. There’s additionally a redesigned entrance bumper to assist scale back drag and electrically managed brake-cooling ducts for once you’re driving in a extra “spirited” method. There are three wheels to select from, too: 20-inch wheels are normal, however 21s and 22s are optionally available. Audi even notes the battery pack of the E-Tron S can go from 5 to 80 p.c capability in an hour and a half when hooked as much as a 150-kW DC fast-charging station.
Despite the fact that Audi is not transport both E-Tron S mannequin to the States, the German luxurious model’s dedication to constructing an EV portfolio continues to impress us. Audi expects to launch the E-Tron S this fall.