SPIED: High Performance Audi e-tron SUV at the Nurburgring?

One of the bigger complaints about the Audi e-tron, especially from Tesla fans, is that it’s just not very fast. Sure, it can get to 60 mph in the 5-second range, which is quick enough, but it’s not particularly thrilling. A lot of that has to do with its massive curb weight, which is dangerously close to 6,000 lbs. However, it seems as if Audi is working on a faster, more high-performance version and it’s just been caught testing at the Nurburgring. (We don’t own the spy photos but they can be seen here)

Visually, there aren’t many changes from the standard car, despite its front and rear bumpers being heavily camouflaged. We’re not sure what Audi is trying to hide but it looks like it sports the same front bumper and air intakes. Even the grille features the same amount of venting. So we’re wondering if the standard Audi e-tron, with its advanced thermal management, is capable of handling more power without any additional cooling.

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The way we know this is a high-performance version is due to its suspension and wheel setup. Firstly, its suspension is very low, lower than the standard e-tron even in its lowest setting. Because of that, it might be on fixed springs, rather than adjustable air jobs.

It also gets larger black wheels that look much sportier than the ones seen on the standard car. Wrapping those wheels seem to be some aggressive street tires, which would normally be at odds with an electric car. Typically, EVs use low rolling-resistance tires for efficiency purposes but they aren’t great for driving quickly. This Audi e-tron test mule seems to have some aggressive rubber, hinting at its more performance-driven setup.

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While we don’t have any official information, there were rumors circulating about a performance e-tron last year. It was rumored to have a triple-motor setup, using two electric motors at the rear axle and one at the front. The standard e-tron SUV has 355 hp under normal conditions but a 402 hp Boost Mode. It’s possible a higher-performance version could sport around 450 hp with 500 hp in Boost Mode. But those are just rough guesstimates.

We hope to have some more official info on a high-performance Audi e-tron soon and we’re very excited about the idea. Especially after having driven the standard car and knowing its potential.

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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.