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Audi is plan­ning to su­per­charge the elec­tric ve­hi­cle side of its busi­ness in the next cou­ple of years. The car you see be­fore you – the Audi e-tron Sportback – is a work­ing con­cept re­vealed at this year’s Shang­hai Mo­tor Show, and prom­ises big things for the mar­que; think Model S-beater and you’re on the right track. This sporty, all-elec­tric four-door will be launched in 2019, and the big deal here is the en­gine. Well, the mo­tor. Well, the three mo­tors. Yes, the Sportback will fea­ture one at the front and two at the rear, and with a to­tal power out­put of 370kW and 800nm of torque, you’d think Tesla would be wor­ried, but per­for­mance fig­ures of 0-100km/h in 4.5 sec­onds and a top speed of 210km/h are ac­tu­ally snail-like com­pared to the Model S P100D’s su­per­car-like 2.5 sec­ond sprint. Trump card stats aside, the Sportback has some se­ri­ous aces up its sleeve. The most ma­jor is the wing mir­rors - gone is the mir­ror, and in its place rests a cam­era. With a screen in each door, you can clearly see what’s hap­pen­ing ei­ther side of you, with­out the Dumbo ef­fect of reg­u­lar mir­rors. The Sportback will also fea­ture wire­less charg­ing, elec­tro­lu­mi­nes­cent paint to light up the in­te­rior, and the pas­sen­ger will get his or her own touch screen to play with. Price $TBC Avail­able 2019 URL

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