For the first time in its history, the Audi A8 adopts a plug-in hybrid drivetrain, capable of covering distances of up to 28.6 miles (measured in accordance with WLTP) under electric propulsion alone and turning a large portion of daily journeys into a locally emissions-free and near-silent driving experience. Its system power of 449PS and system torque of 700 Nm (516.3 lb-ft) ensure impressive vehicle dynamics and a versatile character with complete comfort, while intelligent drive management accurately delivers maximum efficiency through innovations such as freewheeling, recuperation and predictive navigation data.
The A8 L 60 TFSI e quattro, which measures 5.30 metres with its extended wheelbase, will be available to order in the UK later this year, with standard wheelbase models joining the range a few weeks later. First deliveries for both variants will commence soon after in early 2020. They join the Audi A7 Sportback 55 TFSI e quattro, Q5 50 TFSI e quattro and Q5 55 TFSI e quattro SUVs which have already been available on the market since September, signifying the start of the brand’s commitment to its electrification strategy.
“A luxury car is not only defined by the quality of its materials and finish – a sense of calm, comfort and serenity is also integral to the overall experience,” explains Andrew Doyle, Director of Audi UK. “Which is why, with its near-silent, emissions-free driving mode, the A8 TFSI e raises the bar even higher in terms of refinement, even by the exceptional standards already set by the more familiar versions. It is a highly appropriate new addition to the A8 model line which makes perfect sense whichever way you look at it.”