Audi e-tron Sportback launched

Audi has launched its new e-tron Sportback in the UK, with pricing and specifications confirmed for the pure-EV that can cover up to 241 miles on a charge.

The Audi e-Tron Sportback shares a platform and powertrain with the e-tron SUV, though features sleeker rear styling.

Launched as a 55 quattro variant, the new e-Tron Sportback gets a 95 kWh battery, though a 71 kWh 50 quattro model will follow later this year.

Performance figures show a 0-62mph time of 5.7 seconds possible, when making use of Audi's Boost mode. This pushes power output up to 300 kW for a short time, from the normally available 265 kW.

Like the e-tron SUV, Audi reckons around 30% of the car's range comes through recuperation under braking. It's one of the more efficient systems on the market, capable of recuperating more than 70% of its output to charge the battery.

Audi is also one of the leaders in ultra-rapid DC charging rates, and the e-tron Sportback can charge at up to 150 kW on capable units. It brings charging to 80% down to around half an hour. The forthcoming 50 quattro will, like the e-tron SUV version, support DC charging at up to 120 kW.

A free 7 kW AC charge point is offered with each new e-tron Sportback (and e-tron) ordered before the end of this year. This is applicable to both retail and fleet customers.

Prices start at £79,900 for the entry-level S Line trim, and deliveries for the e-tron Sportback quattro are starting now. Order books and deliveries for the e-tron quattro Sportback 50 quattro will be available to order this autumn.

Audi e-tron Sportback rear

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Chris Lilly

Author:Chris Lilly
Date Updated:1st Sep 2020

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