At the end of 2018, Volkswagen again took the e-Tron brand onto the market. This time, it slapped it onto a Crossover that appears to be as ill-fated as e-tron preceding it. At least for now.
After its launch, according to Car Sale Base. The German brand has only managed to sell a little more than 1,000 units of the product each month. Making it perhaps the weakest seller in its stable. But Audi isn’t discouraged about that fact.
Soon after the e-tron SUV introduced the Germans came up with the Sportback variant. Also, for everybody style they now have not one, but two e-tron versions, namely 50 and 55. Each with their own unique capabilities.
Now that we have moved squarely into 2020, we are getting news that Audi is working on the mother of all e-trons, the S models. As with ICE models for example, S stands for higher performance and more sporty styling than you usually get.
Which translates into an increased number of engines for the e-tron. Three, i.e. a major one on the front axle and two smaller ones on the rear.
Audi was not creating new motors to cut corners. But was using existing ones. In fact, the large one at the front the one usually mounted on the e-tron 55’s rear axle. Slightly smaller and improved rear-mounted twin-engines.
Combined, the three powerplants churn out 496 hp and 973 Nm of torque, but this only occurs while the car powered with boost in S mode. The output is rated at 429 hp and 808 Nm of torque when used in standard D. With the sprint time of 0-100 kph (62 mph), output estimates come in at 4.5 seconds, and at an electronically limited maximum speed of 210 kph (130 mph).
Audi does not say when the S e-tron will be eligible for commercial production, but it does state two iterations of the platform are currently being tested.