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2022 Audi e-tron S arrives in the U.S. this fall, has drift mode

If you’re looking for an Audi e-tron with more power, your wish has just been granted. The 2022 Audi e-tron S is coming to the U.S. in both SUV and Sportback flavors. Unlike the standard version, the S models are powered by three electric motors backed by a 95-kWh battery. Two are mounted on the rear axle and one is on the front. In standard mode, they make 429 hp and 596 lb-ft of torque. However, when you activate boost mode, that increases to 496 hp and a whopping 718 lb-ft of torque, which Audi says will allow the e-tron to hit 60 mph in 4.3 seconds.

Like the standard model the 2022 Audi e-tron S can DC charge at peak rates of up to 150 kW. That allows it to go from 5 to 80 percent in under 30 minutes. A level 2 AC charger like the one that you can get installed for your home allows for up to 9.6 kW. Audi will also offer concierge home charger installation services for e-tron owners via its partner Qmerit. The extra power comes at the cost of total driving range because the e-tron S is rated for 208 miles per charge in standard form and 212 miles in Sportback guise. That’s a drop of 14 miles and 6 miles respectively.

If you’re looking to burn a lot of rubber, the e-tron S has a drift mode. In Dynamic mode, the electric Quattro AWD system can bias power distribution to the rear wheels allow the driver to execute controlled drifts and power slides on a closed course.

Additional standard performance features include an adaptive air suspension and six-piston front brake calipers measuring 15.7 inches painted in Dynamic Orange. When equipped with the Towing Package, the e-tron S can pull 3,300 pounds. To further distinguish the e-tron S from the standard model, it gets wider bodywork that adds almost 2.0-inches to the crossover’s overall width, larger contours on front and rear bumpers, and larger air openings in the lower front fascia. The front fenders extend 0.9 inches wider versus the standard e-tron while the standard 20-inch alloy wheels are 9.0 inches wide. The optional 21- and 22-inch alloy wheels, which are available as part of the Black Optic package, are 10.5 inches wide.

Regardless of which body style you choose, the e-tron S is well equipped. It gets a 12.3-inch Virtual Cockpit, which is Audi’s take on the digital cluster, and the dual-screen MMI interface with a 10.1-inch main and an 8.6-inch secondary display. Additional standard features include built-in navigation with 3D satellite imagery from Google, an integrated toll module, a surround-view camera, traffic sign recognition, adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, forward collision warning, and front automatic emergency braking. Available options include soft-close doors, a head-up display, multi-contour front seats with heating, ventilation, and massaging functions, and digital matrix LED headlights.

You’ll be able to get the 2022 Audi e-tron S in Premium Plus or Prestige grades in both the standard SUV and Sportback body styles. Pricing starts at $85,895 for the e-tron S SUV Premium Plus while the Prestige checks in $90,895 which is $5,000 more than the base model. The e-tron S Sportback starts at $88,495 for the base Premium Plus grade and $93,495 for the Prestige trim.

Written by Stefan Ogbac
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