Audi working on a Launch Control system for hybrid vehicles

Article by Christian Andrei, on May 26, 2014

Although it currently offers only four hybrid models, it appears that Audi is planning to enhance its hybrid lineup with a possible high-performance model. Why? Because we found out that the German carmaker is working on a ‘Launch Control’ system exclusively for hybrid models.

Our source told us that thanks to the new ‘Launch Control’ system, the combustion engine can be started immediately from stationary state, while the electric motor offers full torque from stationary state. This means that a hybrid sports car might be even quicker than a model that is powered only by a combustion engine.

Still, we don’t have a clue on what vehicle we will see the new ‘Launch Control’ system. Currently, Audi offers the A8 Hybrid and A8 L Hybrid models, which use the 2.0-liter TFSI engine paired with an electric motor, for a total output of 245 hp and a maximum torque of 480 Nm (354 lb-ft). The Audi A8 Hybrid can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 7.7 seconds, while top speed is 235 km/h (146 mph).

Fuel consumption is just 6.4 liters per 100 km (36.8 US mpg). The Audi A6 Hybrid uses the same 2.0 TFSI petrol engine as well as an electric motor and hits 100 km/h (62 mph) in 7.3 seconds, with a top speed limited at 238 km/h or 147 mph.

Fuel consumption of the A6 Hybrid is 6.2 liters per 100 km (37.94 US mpg). The Q5 Hybrid gets the same 2.0-liter TFSI engine and the 33 kW (45 hp) engine. As a result, it sprints from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 7.1 seconds and to a top speed of 222 km/h or 138 mph. Audi might also offer the new 'Launch control' system on these models, which means faster acceleration.

Topics: audi, hybrid

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