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Audi E-Tron Tweaks push an additional 15 miles range of electric SUVs



  Audi E-Tron S line for Europe

S line means sporty, at least in appearance.


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The latest Audi E-Tron gives the riders 24km more thanks to some technical and software improvements. Audi of Europe said last Friday that all upgrades should improve efficiency, but also the aesthetics of a new S Line exterior package is something new.

Meat and potatoes of upgrades are in a wheel brake and electric motors. According to Audi, the engineers have developed a new wheel brake that minimizes the losses that occur when the caliper hits the brake disc. Changes to the engine system also cause the rear engine to drive the car almost exclusively and to turn off the front engine most of the time from the power supply. Now the front engine is brought to life when the driver wants more power and both engines work together as before. The updates just keep things more economical.

The usable range of the battery is also increased, and all this increases the range of the WLTP cycle to a total of 271

miles. We often say how generous European testing standards are, and this comparison of apples to apples will underline this. In the US, the EPA estimates the E-Tron to be 204 miles .

Audi did not respond immediately when asked if these updates will find their way to the US specification model, but it seems they will most likely. It's hard to imagine that two different wheel brakes will be used for different E-Tron markets, for example.

If applied to the US model, the additional 15.5 miles may shrink to reflect EPA testing practices as well.

Further improvements to The E-Tron has improved regenerative braking and a more efficient cooling system with a pump that uses less power. Audi estimates that the regeneration function accounts for 30 percent of the range.

  Audi E-Tron S line for Europe

The E-Tron really does not try to look like a spaceship, and that's fine with me.


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The new S-Line package keeps the look fresh. We do not know if there is an E-Tron with the sporty emblem, but the S-Line package looks like a part with a more aggressive front fairing, a spoiler and a rear diffuser. S Line badges are of course also included. All trims have the choice of the body color of the buyer instead of a contrast finish.

For European buyers, the updates are now available when you order an E-Tron.

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