The production version of Audi’s A8 Hybrid has finally been unveiled. It actually didn’t change much from the concept shown last year at the Geneva Motor Show. The design was kept and the only aesthetic change is the new set of smaller 18-inch wheels that replaced the concept’s big 21-inch wheels. The luxury four-door will start selling next year. Powering the new A8 Hybrid is a 2.0-liter turbocharged TFSI engine that delivers 211HP and 350 Nm (258.15 lb-ft) of torque.
It’s believed that Audi’s choice to use a petrol engine rather than a diesel is intended to suit the U.S. market. This is the same thing that happened to BMW’s i8, which had the same change in order to get a more global appeal. This engine is mated to an electric motor that produces 40 kW and 210 Nm (154.89 lb-ft) of torque.
Audi’s engineers found out that a combined output can offer 245hp. The A8 Hybrid can accelerate to 100 km/h (62mph) in just 7.7 seconds and it can reach a top speed of 235 km/h (146 mph). With regards to the European cycle, its consumption rating is at 6.4 liters per 100 km (36.8mpg US) while its CO2 emissions level is at 148 grams per kilometer.
In terms of dimensions, the Audi A8 has a length of 5,137 millimeters (202.24 inches) with width at 1,949 millimeters (76.73 inches). Height meanwhile is at 1,460 millimeters (57.48 inches). While the Audi A8 L Hybrid has length at 5,267 millimeters (207.36 inches), width is the same at 1,949 millimeters (76.73 in). The hybrid version though is a bit taller with height of 1,471 millimeters (57.91 inches).
For the wheelbase, the Audi A8 measures at 2,992 millimeters (117.80 inches) while for the A8 L Hybrid is stands at 3,122 millimeters (122.91 inches). Since the wheelbase has been extended, the Audi A8 L Hybrid ensures that there remains to be a good amount of space in the rear. Luggage capacity of the trunk is at 335 liters, around 11.83 cubic feet, and loading is easier with the low loading lip.
Included as standard is a set of five-piece luggage that has been design to fill the space optimally. Once unlocked, the trunk lid automatically unlocks and to close it, there is a power-assisted function. The trunk lid can also be managed using foot control, though this is offered as an option.