Geneva Motor Show: Audi A8 hybrid
March 2, 2010 § Leave a comment
At one end of the Audi range is the A1 e-tron, at the other, this A8 hybrid. It combines the familiar VW Group 2.0 TFSI engine (211bhp) with an electric motor to give a total 245bhp/480Nm, delivering performance on a par with a conventional V6 yet returning up to 45.6mpg and emitting 144g/km of carbon dioxide. Acceleration 0-62mph comes up in 7.6 seconds, to a top speed of 146mph; in electric-only mode it can do up to 40mph for over 2km. Eight-speed Tiptronic auto transmission is fitted, and this A8 remains front-wheel drive.
Audi describes this car as a ‘concept’, but it’s a safe bet it’s on its way to production soon. The same powertrain will feature in the Q5 hybrid, confirmed for launch later this year.