Audi Australia has announced pricing and specifications for the new Audi e-tron S and S Sportback, due to arrive in early 2022. The models present a new flagship for the e-tron range, offering exhilarating dynamic performance as a highlight.
Audi’s first electric S-model, the Audi e-tron S and S Sportback, feature two electric motors at the rear axle and one the front axle, boasting an output of 370kW of power and 973Nm of torque at full boost performance, when activated in S-mode.
As the first volume production electric cars in the world to house three electric motors, the new S models are endowed with incredible performance, reaching 0-100km/h in just 4.5 seconds, before a top speed of 210km/h.
To bolster efficiency, the front electric motor only flashes into action when the driver demands more performance, or acts predictively in the instance of traction subsiding.
The high-voltage battery has a gross energy capacity of 95kWh, of which 91 per cent (86kWh) is usable. With one battery charge, the Audi e-tron S and S Sportback achieve ranges of up to 413km and 418km, respective to driving mode selected.
The e-tron S models engage the latest generation of e-quattro all-wheel drive, with torque vectoring allowing the two rear motors to drive torque directly to each rear wheel via a single-speed transmission, negating the need for a mechanical differential.
The sporty character and handling of the electric S model is further optimised through the vehicle’s low centre of gravity, progressive steering, and adaptive air suspension with regulated damping.
On the outside, strong contours along the front and rear bumpers, wider wheel arches, and sport adaptive air suspension varying up to 76mm, gives each model a squat, powerful stance on the road.
S-specific styling cues such as the flow-optimised wheel arch extensions offer improved aerodynamics, as do the optional Audi virtual mirrors with high-definition OLED displays.
A controllable air-cooling inlet cools the front brakes, minimising air turbulence by opening only when necessary. A heat pump, standard on all e-tron models, draws heat energy from the waste heat of drive components to increase vehicle range by up to ten percent.
To round out vehicle efficiency, drivers can also select between three levels of energy regeneration through a sophisticated recuperation system, giving the driver a noticeable one-pedal driving experience when at its highest level.
The e-tron S S Sportback are the first Audi vehicles to offer optional digital Matrix LED headlight technology too. This headlight technology makes it possible to project high-resolution light images and animations directly in front of the vehicle.
This innovation is supplemented by numerous possibilities for adaptive light distribution and light assistance, increasing safety when driving in the dark.
Both the e-tron S and S Sportback come equipped with 21-inch Audi sport alloy wheels in 5-double spoke edge design as standard, along with aluminium finish exterior mirrors. A total of eight exterior paint colours are available as well.
Orange brake callipers featuring the S logo also come standard, hinting to onlookers as an indication of the powerhouse within. The electric S models are likewise uncompromising in comfort and stylish inclusions for the interior.
Both models are equipped with a panoramic glass sunroof, privacy glass, four-zone climate control air conditioning, heated electric front seats with driver’s side memory function, and coloured interior lighting.
Valcona leather seat upholstery features S-specific details with S sport front seats with contrasting diamond stitching. Embossed ‘S’ badging is also found on the leather steering wheel, now featuring a luxurious heating function and electric steering column adjustment.
Extensive infotainment features are included as standard, including Audi virtual cockpit with an S-specific display, Audi connect plus, wireless phone charging and an Audi smartphone interface with wireless Apple CarPlay and wireless Android Auto.
The MMI navigation plus 10.1-inch touch/haptic screen for infotainment and 8.6-inch touch/haptic screen for vehicle functions are paired with an exquisite 705-watt Bang & Olufsen 3D sound system, featuring 16 speakers, a subwoofer and 15-channel amplifier.
The e-tron S and S Sportback also include all the latest in safety and driver assistance systems, which are also standard across the entire e-tron range.
Both models can be charged via a supplied 11kW AC home-charging kit (requires electrical infrastructure to support), or up to 150kW DC fast-charging. This fast-charging option is suitable for stopovers on long journeys, restoring 80 per cent charge in just 30 minutes.
A full charge can be achieved in only 45 minutes. The 11kW AC home-charging solution can charge the e tron S from empty to full in 8.5 hours. Audi Australia is also offering all e-tron vehicles with a 6-year subscription to the Chargefox charging network.
Additionally, all e-tron vehicles come with servicing and roadside assistance for the first six years of ownership, as well as an 8-year 160,000km battery warranty, and 3-year unlimited kilometre vehicle warranty.
The new Audi e-tron S and S Sportback will be available in dealerships, and to order through Audi’s online platform at audi.com.au, in early 2022. The e-tron S will be priced from $165,600 – with the S Sportback from $172,700. Both prices are plus on-roads.