Audi's electrification expansion continues as four new electrified variants go on display at the Geneva motor show
5 March 2019

Audi brought along four new plug-in hybrid models to this year’s Geneva motor show: the Q5A6A7 and A8 TFSI e.

With the e-tron branding now used exclusively for Audi’s electric models, the four new cars are the first of the firm’s new generation of ‘TFSI e’ PHEVs. Each is claimed to be capable of more than 25 miles of electric-only range on the stricter WLTP testing cycle.

The range-topping plug-in, the A8 L 60 TFSI e quattro, features a 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine mated to a synchronous electric motor, a 14.1kWh battery pack and an eight-speed Tiptronic autobox. Combined system output is 443bhp and 516 lb ft, but no performance or economy figures have been quoted yet.

 

The Q5, A6 and A7 plug-ins all offer identical power outputs of 295bhp and 332 lb ft in entry-level 50 TFSI e ‘comfort’ form. However, a more performance-orientated 55 TFSI e trim level (comparable to S-Line on the regular models) offers 363bhp and 369lb ft. All 55s also get sportier styling and a suspension set-up with a bias towards handling.

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Powertrain tech is taken from the e-tron SUV, and Audi claims the regenerative braking system can recover up to 80kW of energy under maximum load. The cars also feature an active throttle pedal with haptic feedback when driving in electric-only mode for greater efficiency, while the coasting function’s effectiveness varies depending on drive mode.

Details of exact UK spec, equipment and pricing are yet to be revealed.

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25 February 2019

That only unaffordably expensive Audi’s are to be offered with PHEV tech.

It’s the other end of the market that’s crying out for plug ins and, hopefully, MB and BMW will show Audi they’ve got it wrong.

Robbo

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25 February 2019

Have to agree with the previous comment. Not only are they doing this with expensive models so will sell less of them the range seems a bit poor as well. The newer Mercedes plug in models are getting better ranges than 25 miles, 40 to 50 would make a big difference. This coupled with the charges that Audi are making to plug in at a charging station do make me wonder....

You are the weakest link......

25 February 2019

If it adds over £2,000 and 300kg to the cost and weight of the car then you're struggle to make a profit on something like the Q2 and A3, especially now that the £1,500'ish gov. bribe has been taken away.   If other tax adavantages get removed then pay back will soon be over 4 years.

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

25 February 2019

Its a case across most car manufacturers, good electric cars seem to be at a premium level at the moment.

Jameson

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