Audi A8 Hybrid, if you drive clean late, you drive better
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With the A8, Audi is the laggard in the hybrid luxury class. But in contrast to Mercedes or BMW, the new one drives short distances purely electrically.
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And not just in creep mode. The 50 hp electric motor accelerates the heavy sedan up to 100 km / h.
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The speedometer shows the driving mode and battery charge level – a change for petrol and diesel drivers.
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Only a few features reveal the hybrid. For example this lettering.
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The A8 Hybrid will cost around 80,000 euros. It should come onto the market in the first half of 2012.
In contrast to the 7 Series BMW and Mercedes S-Class, the Audi A8 Hybrid is also purely electric. However, it has a serious, cheaper competitor in-house.
M.ith the A8 Hybrid, Audi is first or last – depending on how you take it. Because of the three large German premium manufacturers, one is the last to bring a luxury–class model with hybrid drive onto the market.
The A8 has a combination of a four-cylinder turbo gasoline engine and an electric motor with a combined output of 245 hp. Consumption should be 6.4 liters per 100 kilometers (148 g CO2 / km). In terms of consumption and performance, the Ingolstadt-based company overshadows the competition from Stuttgart and Munich.
And: While the Mercedes S400 Hybrid and BMW 7 Series Active Hybrid only use the electric motor as support when starting and accelerating, in the Audi it can also take over the drive entirely on its own. At a constant 60 km / h, the purely electric range should be three kilometers. Tempo 100 is possible at the top.
The 54 hp electric motor on the one hand and the 2.0 liter turbo gasoline engine with 211 hp on the other are connected by a clutch. If it is closed, both engines work together; if it is opened, either the electric or combustion engine takes over the work alone (the total output is lower than the sum of the two horsepower values because both motors cannot feed in their full output at the same time).
In the top of the hybrid A8, 235 km / h are possible, the sprint from zero to 100 km / h is done in 7.7 seconds. The front wheels are driven in each case. The power supply runs via an air-cooled lithium-ion battery with a capacity of 1.3 kWh. The same technology is also used in the smaller Q5 Hybrid and A6 Hybrid models, which will be launched on the market before the A8.
Externally, the hybrid A8 differs little from its conventionally powered siblings: You can recognize it by its ten-spoke light alloy wheels and subtle hybrid lettering on the body.
Standard equipment includes metallic paint, three-zone air conditioning and a Bose sound system. The price for the hybrid model should be around 80,000 euros.
The Audi can keep up with the competition. The Mercedes S400 Hybrid with six-cylinder petrol engine and electric motor (279 PS, consumption: 7.9 liters) costs 86,811 euros, the BMW 7 Series Active Hybrid on an eight-cylinder basis (465 PS, consumption: 9.4 liters) is available from 105,900 euros to have.
The Lexus LS 600h – besides the Audi the only one that can also drive purely electrically – costs 109,400 euros and is powered by a 445 hp combination of V8 and electric motor. It consumes 9.3 liters of super.
However, the Audi A8 Hybrid has a competitor in-house that can do almost everything just as well. At 6.6 liters per 100 kilometers, the A8 3.0 TDI consumes only slightly more than the hybrid. With all-wheel drive on board, it costs 72,900 euros, around 7,000 euros less than the A8 Hybrid.
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