Audi released details of its upcoming A8 Hybrid set to hit European streets later this year. The Audi A8 Hybrid will compete against hometown rivals and Lexus in the flagship hybrid market. It will share many components with the A6 Hybrid including the familiar 2.0-liter TFSI engine and electric motor.
Combining the 211-horsepower, 258 lb-ft of torque turbocharged four-cylinder mill with the electric motor’s 54 horsepower and 155 lb-ft of torque, peak system power comes in at 245 horsepower and 354 lb-ft of torque, according to Audi. The electric motor is mounted behind the gas engine and connected via a clutch; power is then delivered to the front wheels by Audi’s eight-speed automatic transmission. A 1.3 kWh lithium-ion battery pack mounted in the back of the sedan sends power to the electric motor.
Audi says the A8 Hybrid can accelerate up to 62 mph or travel nearly two miles at 37 mph on electric power. The automaker rates the Audi A8 Hybrid at 37 mpg and 237 grams of CO2/mile. The Audi A8 Hybrid is set to battle the Mercedes-Benz S400 Hybrid, BMW ActiveHybrid 7, and Lexus LS600h L when it debuts in Europe.
Audi spokesman Mark Dahncke told us that there are “no plans for it at the moment” to bring the A8 Hybrid to the North American market. He said Audi’s focus right now is bringing the A8 3.0 TDI to the U.S. later this fall. Should Audi change its focus for the U.S. market and offer the A8 hybrid alongside the A8 diesel? Tell us what you think in the comments below.