Confirmation from Audi that at the 2010 Geneva Motor show a Hybrid Audi A8 will be revealed, and production will start early 2012 and first UK deliveries will start later on in 2012.
The power will come out of a 208bhp 2.0 TFSI engine and a 45bhp electric motor powered by a lithium ion battery back.
Combined both units will produce 242bhp, with 354lb of torque available between 1,500 and 4,200, giving the luxury hybrid a 0-62 of 7.7 seconds with a top speed of 146mph.
The aluminium bodied hybrid will return “in excess” of 44mpg according to Audi, with CO2 emissions of less than 148g/km. A maximum of 1.86 miles is achievable on electric power alone when driven at a constant 37mph.
Three driving models are available- EV, which gives priority to electric drive. D, which “efficiently” controls both power sources and S for optimal acceleration.
The A8 hybrid also offers five operating states: the FSI engine alone, electric drive only or in hybrid mode; recuperation and boosting are also possible. Two displays show the driver all operating modes in detail.
Externally, the frugal new A8 features 18-inch or optional 19-inch ten-spoke alloys, Arctic Silver paint, hybrid badges and LED headlights. Inside, standard equipment includes three-zone automatic air conditioning and a Bose sound system.
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