Audi announced Friday local time that it will produce and sell better-performing E-Tron and E-Tron Sportback electric vehicles, both of which are known to be powered by three electric engine systems,media reported. The news came as Volkswagen’s parent company said it had commissioned Audi to lead research and development for the entire Group.
It is reported that the new performance models will be called the E-Tron S and E-Tron Sportback S. Audi says they will be more flexible, sharper and more dynamic than non-S models, thanks to the addition of a third electric engine (two on the rear axle and one on the front axle), which increases the total power from 265kW (350 hp) to 320kW (429 hp). Or reach 370kW (496 hp) in 8 secondboost mode. Both cars can complete 100 km of acceleration in 4.3 seconds, more than a second faster than the standard version.
Unfortunately, Audi didn’t disclose when the S version was available, nor did it disclose the exact price. The company says the S version will become the first electric car in the world to have a mass-produced three-electric engine, but it will have to step up the process because Tesla, which is building a three-electric engine version, code-named Plaid, will be used in the future for the Model S, Model X, Second-generation Roadster even recently released Cybertruck.
The big question now is how all the increased performance will affect the E-Tron’s range.
Audi told The Verge that the S version will use the same 95kWh battery as the standard E-Tron and E-Tron Sportback. The standard E-Tron currently offers only more than 200 miles of range, so adding another engine would mean heavier weight and better performance, which would make it easier for cars to run out of batteries or even faster. How Audi will respond to this balance is a matter of concern.
Currently, Audi has only released lightweight camouflage photos of the E-Tron S, which looks roughly similar to the standard E-Tron, but appears to be more aggressive in style.