Audi E-Tron to Come in High Performance and Entry Level Form
The Audi E-Tron electric crossover will eventually be offered in both high performance and entry level varieties.
Audi launched its first-ever mass produced EV with just a single powertrain option: a 402 hp two-motor system fed by a 95 kWh battery pack providing a little under 250 miles of range. There are also only two trim levels available right now, a rather well-equipped $74,800 base model and an $81,800 Prestige package model. Optional extras include a $2,850 Driver Assistance Plus Package, a $900 Cold Weather Package and a $650 Towing Package.
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The Audi E-Tron lineup is soon set to expand, however. Top Gear reports the German automaker is currently working on a Tesla-rivalling performance model, which will have a three-motor drive system with far more power than the two-motor version. Audi wouldn’t drop any performance figures, but it’s not hard to ballpark what kind of power could be on tap for the high-power E-Tron. The EV’s front motor makes roughly 160 hp and its rear makes 240 hp. Double up on the rear motors and you have 640 hp. According to Top Gear, the rear packaging of the E-Tron allows for this.
Also coming down the pipe is a stripped out base model that will undercut the current $74,800 E-Tron. Top Gear alleges that model will use the E-Tron’s standard two-motor drive system, but with slightly reduced power. The battery pack may also be smaller than 95 kWh. There’s no word in pricing for the entry-level model, but it could arrive within the next 12 months, so keep an eye out for more information shortly.
The Audi E-Tron will not be stocked ar dealerships, with customers having to order the car online and pick the car up at an Audi dealer of their choice at a later date. Dealerships will eventually be able to order vehicles for demo purposes, however.
[Source: Top Gear]
A version of this story originally appeared on Fourtitude.
Sam McEachern holds a diploma in journalism from St. Clair College in Windsor, Ontario, and has been covering the automotive industry for over 5 years. He conducts reviews and writes AutoGuide's news content. He's a die-hard motorsports fan with a passion for performance cars of all sorts.
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