Range Boost for Audi e-tron 55 Quattro
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Free range boost for Audi e-tron 55 Quattro

If you’ve already leased an Audi e-tron 55 Quattro you’re in luck - because a new software update means you can boost the range by 12.4 miles.

And if you haven’t already jumped on the e-tron bandwagon, now’s your chance to really get to know this super-stylish all-electric SUV.

The models that are eligible for the software upgrade are the 55 Quattro variants. In case you’re unfamiliar, the 55 has a larger 95 kWh battery than the 50 Quattro variants, and more power, too, at a hefty 408 PS.

And now those 55 Quattros - from model year 2019 and model year 2020 - can get an extra 12.4 miles of range, free of charge, just by owners taking their cars into an Audi service centre. That should take the range up to around 240 miles - which isn’t bad at all for such a powerful and impressive battery electric vehicle.

There are other reasons to get the software update.

An Audi spokesperson explains: 

“In addition to the battery capacity, the new software also optimises the control of the front electric motor. In normal driving mode, the motor attached to the rear axle is responsible for propulsion. For improved efficiency, the front electric motor is now almost completely disconnected and powered off – and only when more power is needed do both motors come into play. This makes it possible to even more effectively exploit the major advantage of the asynchronous motor concept, i.e., current-less operation without electrical drag losses.”

Furthermore, the update also improves cooling.

Our Audi boffin adds: 

“The highly flexible thermal management system, which consists of four separate circuits, regulates the temperature of the high-voltage components even more efficiently. Modifying the control system made it possible to reduce the volume flow rates in the coolant circuit, thus reducing energy consumption. The cooling system is the basis for fast DC charging, long battery life, and consistent driving performance, even under high loads.”

The e-tron has, then, just got even more tempting - and it was already a tantalising prospect to begin with.

Even the base Technik 50 quattro models come loaded with 20 inch alloys, LED headlights, the Audi Virtual Cockpit with sat nav, as well as two-zone climate control with remote preconditioning.

You can also expect adaptive air suspension, a power-operated tailgate, acoustic window glazing and a whole host of driver assistance systems.

They include lane departure warning with corrective steering, a rear-view camera with parking sensors, as well as Audi’s ‘Pre-sense’ warning tech, which uses radar sensors in the rear bumper to detect an impending rear-end collision, initiating preventive safety measures, like pre-tensioning the front seat belts by electric power.

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Friday, 17/05/2024