Audi launched its first quantity EV this yr within the type of the 2019 e-tron SUV, which is already successful loads of accolades.
Now the automaker is tough at work creating a quicker, performance-oriented mannequin that might arrive by the tip of the yr, which means we are going to probably see it as a 2020 mannequin.
A number of e-tron prototypes have been just lately noticed on the Nürburgring and on a number of the German racetrack’s surrounding roads. They could seem like normal e-trons however for those who peer a bit of nearer you may discover some adjustments that trace at these being for a efficiency providing.
2020 Audi e-tron S spy photographs – Picture by way of S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
Barely bigger intakes on the flanks of the entrance fascia are there to feed extra cool air to the brakes, that are additionally bigger than on the usual e-tron. As well as, the wheels and tires are wider than on the usual e-tron, as they seem to nearly fill the wheelarches on the prototypes. Lastly, we additionally spot a brand new diffuser design on the rear.
The usual e-tron includes a single electrical motor at every axle for a most 400 horsepower and 490 pound-feet of torque. Nonetheless, the unique idea proven in 2015 to preview the e-tron featured a Three-motor setup with a pair of electrical motors on the rear axle. Within the idea, peak output was 496 hp and 590 lb-ft. Just like the manufacturing e-tron, the idea additionally had a 95-kilowatt-hour battery.
It is attainable, the Three-motor setup is what’s being examined right here. Audi may name the performance-oriented mannequin an e-tron S, which might fall according to its efficiency nomenclature used throughout its lineup.
Audi e-tron quattro idea, 2015 Frankfurt Auto Present
Audi claimed efficiency estimates of Zero-60 mph in below four.5 seconds and a ruled prime pace of 130 mph for its idea. The usual e-tron will scoot to 60 mph in 5.5 seconds, which is fast however a lot slower than the rival Tesla Mannequin X.
The three-motor setup also needs to present a lift to the dealing with of the e-tron by way of extremely versatile torque vectoring.
Audi will even launch an e-tron Sportback later this yr, and this mannequin also needs to obtain the efficiency remedy sooner or later. And towards the tip of 2020, the Audi Sport division will actually flip up the warmth with the launch of an e-tron GT tremendous sedan. This mannequin might be a twin below the pores and skin with the upcoming Porsche Taycan.