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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.

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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.

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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.

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