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Audi e-tron Sportback S concept

Audi e-tron S models: 973Nm of torque and 0-62mph in 4.5 seconds

The Audi e-tron and the Audi e-tron Sportback S concepts have three electric motors, with two located on the rear axle, which together provide 370 kW of boost power and 973 Nm of torque.

This allows the e-tron and the Audi e-tron Sportback S models to accelerate to 62mph in 4.5 seconds, with a top speed of 130mph. In addition to the electric all-wheel drive, there is the electric torque vectoring with active and fully variable torque distribution on the rear axle.

The new Audi e-tron S models will be the first electric cars worldwide with three motors in mass production.

The larger electric motor, which powers the rear axle in the Audi e-tron 55 models, has now been installed on the front axle in an adapted design and configured for 124 kW of power, or 150 kW during boost. The smaller electric motor now works in a modified form in the rear, together with a counterpart that is identical in design; together, they offer 196 kW of power, or 264 kW in the boost.

In normal driving mode, only the rear electric motors work. The front drive switches itself on if more power or grip is needed.

The electric all-wheel drive is complemented by electrical torque vectoring. If, during acceleration, a rear wheel comes into contact with a road surface with a low friction value, for example if the road surface is covered in black ice or has a loose surface, the torque can be distributed between the two motors. The full torque is gradually distributed to the wheel with most traction, while the wheel with low traction continues moving with almost no torque.

The Audi e-tron S models can be charged with up to 150 kW of direct current power such as when using the Ionity network. This means that charging from 5% to 80% only takes around half an hour.

In addition, the e-tron S models will also be able to charge with up to 11 kW of alternating current (AC).

The Audi e-tron Charging Service guarantees convenient access to more than 140,000 public charging points in 24 European countries on request – with nothing more than a charging card.