Audi is carrying the EV heat with a three-motor 496 HP E-Tron S

Audi is carrying the EV heat with a three-motor 496 HP E-Tron S

Audi has extended its e-tron performance lineup with the expansion of two new S models. In case you’re not happy with the Porsche Taycan-derived swoopy car shape of the e-tron GT, you would now be able to get smart S performance in the CUV-shaped e-tron and e-tron SportBack. That is not confusing at all.

The performance of the e-tron S models comes straightforwardly according to a new tri-motor set up. There are two motors on the back and one on the front axle which deliver a consolidated 429 horsepower and 270 kg-ft of torque. An eight-second power boost feature can up that output to 496 hp and 326 kg-ft of torque. With the lift actuated, Audi estimates a 4.3 second 0 to 60 time.

The three motors accomplish something beyond pump up the power, however.

You’ll have the option to tell the e-tron S models separated from the ‘regular’ models with a few S-specific visual improvements. The S models are two inches more extensive, to begin, and have correspondingly more extensive front and back bumpers. The wheels come standard as 20-inchers, with the alternative of 21″ or 22″ inch wheels. Brakes are upgraded to six-piston calipers, and orange is evidently a thing with Audi S, as these calipers are painted in a dazzling shade of Dynamic Orange.

It’s an ideal opportunity to talk numbers however. The e-tron S begins at $US84,800 ($117,211) for the Premium Plus or $US89,800 ($124,122) for the Prestige. That is up around ten grand over the non-S e-tron models. The e-tron S Sportback begins at $US87,400 ($120,804) and $US92,400 ($127,715) for similar trims. Those costs do exclude the $US1,095 ($1,514) destination charge, or the $US7,500 ($10,367) federal tax credit. The range isn’t a lot to think of home about either. With a 95 kWh battery and the standard wheels and tires, you get only 335 km of range for the e-tron S and 341 km for the e-tron Sportback S. Down from 222 in the standard e-tron.