Audi's new hybrid A8 can travel on electricity alone for 1.86 miles and emits 148g/km Co2

Audi has revealed the hybrid Audi A8 that will make production in early 2012, with first UK deliveries slated for later in that year.

Power comes courtesy of a 208bhp 2.0-litre TFSI engine and a 45bhp electric motor powered by a lithium ion battery pack.

See pics of the new Audi A8 hybrid

Combined, both units produce 242bhp, with 354lb ft of torque available between 1,500 and 4,200rpm, giving the luxury hybrid a 0-62mph of 7.7sec, with top speed achieved at 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.

Read more about the car from the Geneva motor show

Three driving modes 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: with the TFSI 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.

Audi has given no indication on pricing as yet, but a 10 per cent premium over the entry-level car – the £56,295 3.0-litre TFSI quattro SE – should be expected at approximately £62,000.

See all the latest Audi reviews, news and video

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • 2016 Audi A3 Sportback e-tron UK review
    First Drive
    29 September 2016
    First UK drive finds the facelifted A3 Sportback e-tron remains a first-rate plug-in hybrid that is packed with tech if a little short on driver appeal
  • Citroen C11.2 Puretech 82 Furio
    First Drive
    29 September 2016
    Citroën's city car gets a new sporty-looking trim level, adding visual adornments, but no premium for the 1.2-litre Puretech triple we're driving
  • Mercedes C350e Sport
    First Drive
    28 September 2016
    Petrol-electric C-Class is a surprisingly well-priced alternative to a diesel but not the greatest example of the new ‘PHEV’ breed
  • Car review
    23 September 2016
    Aston kicks off its ‘second century plan’ with an all-new turbo V12 grand tourer
  • Ford Ka+ 1.2 Ti-VCT 85
    First Drive
    22 September 2016
    A rounded, refined and well-sorted bargain supermini – once you’re used to the confusing role redefinition imposed on the once-cheeky Ka