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SPIED: Audi e-tron S Seen Testing at the Nurburgring Again

We just recently saw some spy video of the upcoming Audi e-tron S doing some laps at the Nurburgring and it looked surprisingly good. Now, however, some new spy photos have surfaced, giving us a much closer look of Audi’s newest performance SUV. (We don’t own the photos but you can see them here)

 

In these new photos, the Audi e-tron S is seen in its standard guise. We know it will come in two flavors; regular and Sportback. This one we see here is the regular flavor. That doesn’t mean it’s not exciting, though. The e-tron S will pack three electric motors, that sort of flip-flop the standard e-tron’s setup. In the normal, non-S e-tron SUV, there are two motors; a big one at the rear axle and a small one at the front. For e-tron S duty, it will put the big motor at the front but have two of the smaller motors at the rear axle.

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Audi e-tron S Sportback

 

Power is now bumped up to around 500 horsepower and over 700 lb-ft of torque. We’ve heard that the e-tron S will be capable of 0-60 mph in under 4.5 seconds and that’s probably a bit conservative. Expect closer to four seconds flat, as the Germans often underrate their performance cars.

 

The reason for this flip-flop-addition is the fact the rear axle now gets real-time torque vectoring, which will allow the Audi e-tron S to really hustle through corners with a nice rear-drive bias. Having two rear motors acts like a limited-slip differential in a conventional powertrain, only the EV motors actually react faster and more accurately. So the e-tron S, despite its hefty curb weight, should handle surprisingly well.

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Judging by these photos, it will look cooler, too. The actual body work looks the same but it is wearing quite a bit of camouflage, so the updates might just be covered. However, it gets what seems to be a much lower ride height, which will help it handle better as well as look cooler. It also gets new wheels, which looks great on the e-tron.

 

After driving the standard e-tron SUV, we’re very excited to test a model with better handling. The added power is nice, too, but the real benefit of the Audi e-tron S will be its handling and dynamics. We should see the car by the end of the year and it should be very interesting when we do.

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[Source: Car Scoops]
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Nico DeMattia

I've been in love with cars since I was a kid, specifically German cars. Now I get to drive them talk about them on the internet.