SPIED: Is this a more powerful Audi e-tron?

When Audi unveiled its e-tron SUV, the brand’s first-ever electric vehicle, there was only one aspect of the car that slightly disappointed us — performance. It’s not that its performance is bad, it’s just not as exciting as something from Tesla or even from the Jaguar I-Pace. Though, Audi did tease the idea that there cold be an even more powerful, high-performance version. Could this car that just got caught testing be that higher-performance version? (We don’t own the spy photos but they can be seen here)

The standard Audi e-tron SUV packs two electric motors, one at each axle, that combine to make 355 hp and 413 lb-ft of torque. During a temporary overboost function, it can make 402 hp and 489 lb-ft. However, the idea of an Audi Sport version of the e-tron has been teased before and would add a third electric motor at the rear. That would give the rear end better torque-vectoring and have all three motors combine to make over 500 hp.

As for this camouflaged Audi e-tron doing some winter testing, we’re not quite sure what it is. However, it looks just like a standard e-tron, yet that car has already been revealed. So why cover it up unless it’s some sort of new model? And if it looks the same as the regular car, what sort of new model could it be? The only thing that makes sense is that it’s the higher-performance model.

Not only would that be much faster and more powerful than the standard car but it would also handle a bit better as well. If Audi Sport were to really fettle with an e-tron it would be a lot more enjoyable to drive. It’s not that the normal car is bad to drive but it’s certainly more tuned toward comfort and refinement. The Audi Sport e-tron could be genuinely exciting.

So is this car such a model? We don’t know and won’t have any way of knowing. Unfortunately, performance EVs don’t have things like extra exhaust pipes or larger air intakes, so that makes it harder to tell. Though, we’ll have more info for you as we get it.

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.