Audi reveals more information on its petrol-electric A8 PHEV executive land yacht ahead of orders opening at the end of the year.

A8L Rear

It is the first A8 saloon to adopt a plug-in powertrain – coincidentally, the very same to be deployed in the upcoming Bentley Flying Spur PHEV. Its 3.0-litre turbocharged V6 engine delivers 335hp and 500Nm of torque. It’s mated to an electric motor mounted within the clutch assembly and provides an additional 134hp and 350Nm.

A8L Rear 3/4

The resulting combined system output for the A8 L TFSIe is 443hp and 700Nm of torque, distributed permanently to all four wheels. That's enough for the big 5.3m limo to do the 0-62mph sprint in 4.9s. Audi claims that peak torque arrives from a lowly 1,250rpm – which is firmly in TDI diesel territory.

Also claimed is the ability to drive at up to 83mph in electric-only mode, with a WLTP-certified EV-mode range of up to 28 miles. The 14.1kWh battery is positioned under the boot floor, and although no charging time via a plug is quoted, Audi says its energy recuperation system can restore up to 80kW under braking.

Quoted fuel economy for the A8 L TFSIe is put at 113mpg, though this is measured using the NEDC standard. Efficiency boosting tech includes a heat pump, which uses waste heat from high-voltage components to provide heat for the four-zone climate control, and a system to ensure electric power is used intelligently if a route is programmed into the navigation. Customers can also pre-programme the ventilated seats and heated wheel prior to departure.

A8L Dashboard

First deliveries of the A8 L TFSIe are expected in Q1/20. It will join its smaller sibling, the A6 55 TFSIe, alongside plug-in versions of the Q5 and A7 Sportback, all of which were first revealed at March’s Geneva motor show.

 

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