·         S variants get two rear and one front axle-mounted electric motors

·         Peak output available for an 8 second boost period

·         Electric motors draw power from a 95kWh battery pack

Audi’s expanding electric car range has gained its first performance models, with the e-tron S and e-tron S Sportback.

S models get unique three motor setup

The e-tron S and S Sportback use three electric motors for propulsion. Two are mounted on the rear axle and one sits at the front. The result is 503hp and a stout 974Nm of torque, although these peak figures are available for only 8 second boost periods. The cars dispatch 0-100kph in 4.5sec and have a 209kph top speed.

The trio of motors don’t just improve straight-line pace but are also used to provide an electric torque-vectoring function. In normal driving modes, just the rear…

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