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Electric cars: Audi E-Tron S with camera exterior mirrors around 15 cm narrower

Audi has the prices and missing technical data of the S models of the E-Tron and E-Tron Sportback presented. Both are equipped with three electric motors. That’s what comes with electric all-wheel drive electric torque vectoring with active and fully variable torque distribution on the rear axle.

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The range of the E-Tron S is 360 kilometers according to the WLTP cycle, and 365 kilometers for the Sportback. A battery with 95 kWh (86 kWh net) is installed in both models.

Air suspension can lower electric cars

The vehicles are equipped as standard with adaptive air suspension, which can lower the body in two stages up to 26 millimeters below normal level at higher speeds.

A heat pump is included as standard and there are several stages in the recuperation concept, one of which allows one-pedal driving. This means that it can be recuperated so strongly that the vehicle comes to a standstill. With careful driving, there is no need to switch to the brake pedal.

From 0 to 100 km / h in 4.5 seconds

Both models have a particularly strong acceleration setting, the so-called speed step S. The vehicles should accelerate from 0 to 100 km / h in 4.5 seconds. In this mode, the motors provide 370 kW and 973 Nm of torque for a short time. The top speed is limited to 210 km / h.

The matrix LED headlights are standard on the S models. The vehicles are equipped with 20-inch wheels, there are also 21-inch models as an option and 22-inch wheels are to follow later.

Camera and OLEDs as a mirror replacement

If the outside width of 2.19 meters should bother you, you can optionally order camera exterior mirrors for the E-Tron-S models. These pass the image on to OLED screens in the interior and make the car 14.6 cm narrower.
The displays are located in the transition between the door and the instrument panel. The field of vision adapts to the driving situations of freeway, turning and parking, the manufacturer said.

Audi plans to sell the two S models in Germany from autumn 2020. In this country, the Audi E-Tron S costs at least 93,800 euros, the Audi E-Tron S Sportback is sold from 96,050 euros.

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