Audi Sport Already Preparing More Powerful e-tron S?

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This should hardly come as a surprise (if it's true).

Audi has no intention of being left behind with all-electric vehicles. Tesla has proven that EVs can be everything Audi needs them to be: luxurious, fast and powerful, and sexy. Porsche got the memo as well and is currently hard at work finalizing the Taycan. Now that the 2019 Audi e-tron SUV has premiered and will be in dealerships next spring, what else does the automaker have planned for it? More specifically, what about Audi Sport, the brand's performance wing?

According to Motor Authority, Audi Sport is reportedly at work on a faster, more performance-oriented e-tron SUV that could debut late next year. This is not to be mistaken with the also upcoming e-tron GT, which was revealed in concept form last month at LA.

That is not due to arrive until sometime in 2020 as a 2021 model. So what could this potential e-tron S offer? Motor Authority points out that the 2015 e-quattro concept, which also sported a three-motor electric powertrain just like the e-tron, produced a total of 496 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque. The 2019 e-tron, by comparison, is good for 356 hp combined, but a boost function increases that to 402 hp for up to eight seconds at a time. In other words, Audi Sport could be anxious to crank up the e-tron's output somewhere closer to 500 hp. Performance would also be improved, obviously.

The e-tron currently does 0-62 mph in a respectable 5.7 seconds, but the concept version did the same deed in 4.6 seconds. In other words, the concept's general specs ought to give us a pretty clear idea as to what the rumored e-tron S will manage. How much could it cost? Like any Audi S or RS model, quite a bit more over the standard version. If the 2019 Audi e-tron begins at $75,795, not including state and federal tax credits, then figure at least somewhere around or close to the low six-figures.

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