We’ve been itching to get our hands on the Audi e-tron S, in either regular or Sportback flavor, since its debut. Thanks to its triple-motor setup, it’s one of the more intriguing EVs on the market and we’re dying to find out if that extra motor improves the driving dynamics, as it’s said to. Unfortunately, due to Covid, we doubt we’ll be testing it any time soon. Thankfully, Autogefühl in Germany was able to take an in-depth look at the new ‘S’ model, so let’s take a look.
The Audi e-tron S Sportback is supposed to be the sportiest variant of the e-tron SUV. Being the ‘S’ model, it has the sportiest powertrain and being the Sportback model, it has the sportiest looks. So if you want your electric SUV with a slice of sportiness, it’s the S Sportback that you want.
Out biggest criticism of the standard e-tron SUV we drove last year was that it felt a bit too pedestrian, a bit too… Audi SUV-ish. Aside from its silent acceleration, there was really nothing to distinguish the e-tron from any other luxury Audi SUV. While that’s intentional and smart, so that Audi can attract its more traditional customers to an EV, it’s also a bit boring. So we’re hoping this ‘S’ model can make a difference.
In this new video, we get to not only see if it does but we get to see a very in-depth look at Audi’s latest EV SUV.
The standard Audi e-tron is a decently quick car, with a maximum of 402 horsepower during Boost Mode and can hit 60 mph in 5.5 seconds. However, the Audi e-tron S Sportback is even more powerful, with 496 horsepower (370 kilowatts) and 718 pound-feet (973 Newton-meters) of torque. That extra power shaves a full second off of its 0-60 mph time, doing the deed in 4.5 seconds.
More importantly, its dual-motor rear axle allows for real-time torque-vectoring, allowing it to handle with a bit more vigor than before. The standard e-tron is relatively capable but not exactly enjoyable. The e-tron S seems to be more capable and more enjoyable to drive, as seen in this video.
Due to the added power, stickier tires and more performance-minded attitude, the Audi e-tron S Sportback is going to suffer a range drop over the standard car. However, in our eyes, that’s a sacrifice worth making. The new ‘S’ model looks better, is much faster and seems a lot more fun to drive. It’s also more interesting, thanks to its three-motor setup. So, in our opinion, it’s the one to get.