Following a sneak preview back in February, the E-Tron S and E-Tron S Sportback are now being extensively detailed by the Four Rings. Not only has Audi released an impressively large photo gallery with the two hot electric SUVs, but also additional details explaining what makes them more special than the non-S variants.
With two electric motors on the rear axle and another one at the front, the Audi E-Tron S and E-Tron S Sportback are billed as being the very first mass-produced EVs to boast three motors. With the power of the tri-motor setup combined, the performance SUVs offer an impressive 496 horsepower (370 kilowatts) and 718 pound-feet (973 Newton-meters) of torque for eight seconds.
Both models rely on a 95-kWh battery pack to provide the necessary juice, which lasts for up to 223.7 miles (360 kilometers) in the case of the E-Tron S and for 226.8 miles (365 kilometers) for the E-Tron S Sportback per WLTP. Why is the latter more efficient? Because the swoopy version has a lower drag coefficient thanks to a coupe-esque sloping roofline, reducing the Cd from the E-Tron S’ 0.28 to just 0.26.
These are impressive figures if you take into account we’re dealing with a couple of relatively tall SUVs that have wheel arches wider by 0.9 inches (23 millimeters) on both sides compared to their non-S counterparts. Acceleration performance is not too shabby either, with 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) taking a mere four and a half seconds en route to a top speed of 130.5 mph (210 km/h).
It’s important to point out that while the E-Tron S and E-Tron S Sportback are equipped with Quattro, the dynamic is duo is actually mainly rear-wheel drive. That’s because the front electric motor only kicks in when the driver wants more performance. It’s also automatically activated when the sensors detect loss of traction, thus sending power to the front axle for better grip.
Customers will be able to order the speedy zero-emissions SUVs with standard 20-inch wheels or opt for a larger 21-inch set. At a later date, an even bigger 22-inch choice will be added to the lineup. The matrix LED headlights are also going to cost you extra, and so will the virtual exterior mirrors and the head-up display.
Audi will have the E-Tron S and E-Tron S Sportback on sale in Europe this fall, with pricing in Germany starting at €93,800 and €96,050, respectively. There’s no word yet if and when the sporty electric SUVs will be available in the United States.