Thursday, August 6, 2020
News Sportier Audi e-tron S And e-tron Sportback S Are Out

Sportier Audi e-tron S And e-tron Sportback S Are Out

Both the Audi e-tron S and e-tron Sportback S look dashingly good and pack a bigger power punch.


  • The “S” trim brings power, styling, and more frills.

  • The combined output will be of 429 horsepower and 596 lb.-ft. of torque.

  • Unclear yet if the e-tron S vehicles are North America-bound.


“S” trimmed Audi vehicles are always tops, and just ahead of the bonkers Audi RS cars and SUVs. This description holds true with Audi’s e-tron family of electric vehicles, namely the e-tron SUV and the e-tron Sportback. What’s striking about these vehicles is that they look like typical petrol-powered Audi “S” vehicles but they most certainly are not.

2021 Audi e-tron S Sportback | Photo: Audi

The “S” e-tron vehicles will be powered by three electric motors, one upfront and two on the rear axle. Combined, the system output is rated at 429 horsepower and 596 lb.-ft. of torque. But that’s just half the story as the boost mode punches output to 496 horsepower and a towering 718 lb.-ft. of torque in eight-second doses. Audi rates both S models at 4.5 seconds in the 0-100km/h sprint from a standstill, or 4.4 seconds for the 0-60pmh run.

2021 Audi e-tron S | Photo: Audi

A 95.3 kWh battery feeds the motors and the WLTP rated ranges are of 223 miles for the e-tron and 226 miles for the sleek Sportback. Speaking of sleek, the “S” vehicles are about two inches (46mm) wider to cover 21-inch or 22-inch wheels, and the front and rear bumpers are unique to the models. Audi’s done extensive work on the e-tron S And e-tron Sportback S’ aerodynamics to improve airflow and keep drag coefficients low (e-tron S Sportback at 0.26, the e-tron S is at 0.28). Another aspect is the virtual exterior mirrors which feed images on high-contrast OLED displays located between the door and instrument panel.

2021 Audi e-tron S Sportback | Photo: Audi

The Audi e-tron S and e-tron Sportback S should be quite pleasing to drive as they will be delivered with standard adaptive air suspension with controlled damping, and bog brakes. Audi has also demonstrated that they will drift…

At the moment, there’s no concrete information pertaining to whether or not the Audi e-tron S and e-tron Sportback S will come to North America. We think there’s a good chance they will.

2021 Audi e-tron S Sportback | Photo: Audi

2021 Audi e-tron S | Photo: Audi

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Matt St-Pierre
Matt St-Pierre
Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,500 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai

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