Audi’s first all-electric production model, the e-tron, is built as an SUV and features distinct styling to denote the electric powertrain. Inside, the lack of a combustion engine and gearbox means there is more room and storage space. The e-tron packs two asynchronous electric motors: one on each axle.
The front motor makes 125-kW (170 PS) and 247 Nm, while the rear motor makes 140-kW (190-PS) and 314 Nm. Together, the two motors produce a combined 360 PS and 561 Nm with 0-100 km/h dispatched in a claimed 6.4 seconds. There is also a Boost mode which raises the respective motor outputs by 10 kW/62 Nm and 25 kW/41 Nm to take peak output to 408 PS and 664 Nm, albeit for a few seconds, with 0-100 km/h achieved in just 5.5 seconds. The e-tron’s 95-kWh battery pack will charge to 80 per cent in 30 minutes using a 120V charge point. A compact 11-kW charging system tops up the car in 8.5 hours, while the larger 22-kW charger does the job in 4.5 hours. The claimed range is 400 km.
The adaptive suspension offers a variation of 76 millimetres in ride height, with a minimum ground clearance of 172 mm at speed, rising by 26 mm at normal speed. The “offroad” mode raises it by another 35 mm, and the “lift” option adds another 15 mm to help with challenging terrain.