Audi has unveiled a new performance version of the electric e-tron SUV, which is going to arrive this fall as the e-tron S and e-tron S Sportback. Both S versions are powered by three electric motors that generate up to a combined 496 horsepower and 718 pound-feet of torque.
The e-tron S models feature one electric motor on the front axle and two at the rear. The two at the rear can operate independently of one another to provide torque vectoring. In normal driving conditions the front motor remains off until extra traction is needed. In normal driving the e-tron S has 429 hp and 596 lb-ft, but that increases to 496 hp and 718 lb-ft. in boost mode.
The e-tron S can accelerate from 0-60 mph in 4.3 seconds. Both models have the same 95-kilowatt-hour battery as the standard e-tron models. The e-tron S has a 208 mile range, while the e-tron S Sportback has up to 212 miles of range.
The S models are also nearly two inches wider than the standard e-tron models and they stand out with more aggressive front and rear bumpers. 20-inch wheels are standard, while 21- and 22-inch wheels are optional.
The pricing for the 2022 Audi e-tron S starts at $85,895, while the e-tron S Sportback starts at $88,495, including destination.