Audi is going to reveal the e-tron electric SUV next month, but in preparation for its debut Audi has released some of the juicy specs. To start the e-tron can reach 62 mph in less than six seconds and can travel over 248 miles on a single charge using the WLTP test cycle.
Audi recently took a batch of e-tron prototypes up to Pikes Peak to show off its potential. The e-tron features a variable recuperation system that recuperates energy with up to 22 lb-ft. of torque and 220 kW of electric power – more than 70 percent of its operating energy input. Audi points out that no other production electric car has achieved that level.
The recuperation system contributes up to 30 percent of the e-tron electric SUV’s range. There are three different recuperation modes:manual coasting recuperation using the shift paddles, automatic coasting recuperation via the predictive efficiency assist, and brake recuperation with smooth transition between electric and hydraulic deceleration. Up to 0.3 g, the Audi e-tron prototype recuperates energy solely via the electric motors, without using the conventional brake.
Using the steering wheel paddle shifters, the driver can select the degree of coasting recuperation, with the highest level being able to slow the vehicle without using the brake pedal.
The e-tron’s two electric motors have an output of 365 horsepower (265 kW) and 413 lb-ft. of torque. If you want more power, there’s a boost mode that’s available for eight seconds and boosts the power up to 402 horsepower (300 kW) and 490 lb-ft. of torque.
The Audi e-tron will officially debut on September 17 and Audi will start taking reservations on the same day.