Audi Premieres the Sporty, 500 HP e-tron S

Much like its internal combustion cars, Audi is interested in making its electric models sportier. And its first EV, the e-tron is getting the S treatment.

Making up to 496 hp and 718 lb-ft of torque for up to 8 seconds in Boost Mode, that’s nearly twice as much time as you need to get to 62 mph (4.5). It’s apparently also enough time to reach the electronically limited top speed of 131 mph.

In non Boost Mode, 405 hp and 596 lb-ft of torque to lug you around, which is as many horses as the Boost Mode on the standard e-tron and 100 lb-ft of torque more.

The extra power comes from an extra motor between the rear wheels. That’s the e-tron’s third motor, for those counting at home, and it allows Audi to do some torque vectoring, which ought to help you round corners.

To save power, the e-tron is actually RWD during regular driving, only activating the motor in the front when grip runs low or power is required.

Audi has not yet specified how much range the e-tron S will have, but it does have the same battery capacity as the standard e-tron.

Adaptive air suspension is standard, and can alter the height of the car by as much as 3 inches. As with the Ss we’ve grown accustomed to, Audi won’t make the S wildly different from the standard model in terms of appearance. There will be a new front bumper, larger inlets (for some reason), as well as a diffuser. The fenders will also be about an inch wider than the standard e-tron’s.

Inside it’s pretty much the same story. Pricing, unfortunately, won’t be available until a later date.