Audi e-tron S and e-tron S Sportback break cover

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Audi has unveiled its new e-tron S and e-tron S Sportback, the first volume production BEVs to use the collective might of three electric motors to climb to a towering 973Nm torque peak.

They also integrate intelligent drive control that elevates handling security and agility to a new level in the two all-wheel-driven variants.

The epic performance of the new S models more than befits the badge, particularly in S gear when the full arsenal of 370 kW of power and 973 Nm (717.6 lb ft) of torque is available to the driver for eight-second boost periods. The standard sprint takes just 4.5 seconds and Vmax arrives at 130mph.

The new models are equipped with two electric motors on the rear axle and one upfront, making them the first volume production electric cars in the world with three electric motors.

Their drive layout makes very effective use of the modular construction principle: here, the more powerful electric motor that powers the rear axle in the ‘standard’ e tron 55 is installed in adapted form on the front axle, while two modified examples of the front electric motor from the e tron 55 operate at the rear.

The high-voltage battery has a gross energy capacity of 95 kWh, of which 91 per cent (86 kWh) is usable. On a full charge, the Audi e tron S and the Audi e tron S Sportback can achieve ranges of up to 223 miles and 226 miles (preliminary values), respectively, based on the WLTP test cycle.

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