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Quicker Audi e-tron in the works?

by Ronan Glon

It will allegedly get nearly 500 horsepower.

When it began developing the e-tron, Audi wanted to make a normal, family-friendly SUV that happens to be electric. That means no crazy zero-to-60-mph time and no ludicrous mode, though there is an overboost function that unlocks the powertrain's full potential. Delivering electric performance is tempting, and the e-tron will reportedly get quicker in the not-too-distant future.

Audi Sport -- the company in charge of designing RS-badged models -- is allegedly cooking a spicier e-tron. Tentatively called e-tron S, according to Motor Authority, it uses an electric motor over the front axle and two over the rear axle to deliver 496 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque. To add context, the overboost function in the regular e-tron (pictured) unlocks 402 horses and 489 pound-feet of twist for eight-second bursts.

There's no word yet on the type of battery pack the e-tron S will use, or what effect the extra output will have on its range and on its performance specifications. 

Audi hasn't commented on what the future holds for the e-tron line-up. Motor Authority adds the S model could make its debut before the end of 2019, meaning it would arrive in showrooms in 2020. If that's accurate, it will be Audi Sport's first electric vehicle, but not its last. The firm is also in the process of turning the e-tron GT concept unveiled at the 2019 Los Angeles auto show into a production model.