2011 Frankfurt Auto ShowJust the Facts:
- A new 245-horsepower gasoline-electric hybrid edition of Audi's A8 flagship sedan is on the way in 2012.
- Equipped with an electric motor and a four-cylinder gas engine, the A8 Hybrid returns an average 37 mpg.
- The A8 Hybrid can accelerate from zero to 60 in 7.7 seconds, and can reach a top speed of 146 mph.
INGOLSTADT, Germany — A new 245-horsepower gasoline-electric hybrid edition of Audi's A8 flagship sedan is on the way in 2012. The Audi A8 Hybrid will officially debut next month at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show.
What's unusual about the big four-door is Audi's choice of gasoline engine — a modified version of the Volkswagen Group's widely used 2.0-liter TFSI, a turbocharged direct-injection four-cylinder unit that has been modified in the A8 Hybrid to deliver 211 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque.
The 2.0 TFSI is coupled with a 40 kW permanent-magnet electric motor that develops 155 lb-ft of torque. Power is delivered to the front wheels through an eight-speed tiptronic automatic transmission.
The parallel hybrid setup enables the A8 Hybrid to run on either the gas engine or the electric motor, or a combination of both. Combined peak output is 245 hp, with peak torque of 345 lb-ft. The car can be driven on electric power alone for short distances at speeds of up to 62 mph.
The hybrid drivetrain is also remarkably efficient, returning an average 37 mpg, with relatively low CO2 emissions of 148 g/km.
Energy is stored in a lithium-ion battery pack in the trunk.
The A8 Hybrid has subtle exterior cues to distinguish it from its sibs, including hybrid badging, the availability of an exclusive Arctic Silver paint scheme and unique 10-spoke, turbine-blade alloy wheels in 18- or 19-inch sizes. In addition to metallic paint, standard features include three-zone automatic climate control, LED headlamps and a premium Bose audio system.
Audi said it plans to start series production of the A8 Hybrid in 2012.
Edmunds.com says: Cars no longer have to be quirky or small to be hybrids.