Audi Recalls Nearly 5,000 A8 V8 TDIs For Increased Emissions

The latest episode the Dieselgate saga involves Audi recalling 4,997 A8s in Europe fitted with a V8 TDI engine to update their software after founding out they too emitted too much nitrogen oxide.

The affected models belong to the previous generation A8 and were built between September 2013 and August 2017, with 3,660 of them located in Germany.

Following an extensive internal technical investigation, Audi reported its findings directly to Germany’s Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) which then authorized the recall.

Audi will have the software ready for install in the first quarter of 2018, following comprehensive winter testing to make sure that the update will have no negative effects on fuel consumption or performance.

“Among other things, the update should ensure that after cold starts, the engine more quickly reaches optimal operating conditions for the exhaust-gas treatment system so that its emissions are improved in real driving conditions,” the company said in a press release.


  • Howstar

    One would hope it had been engineered with optimum performance with optimum fuel efficiency, where will they pull this extra fuel efficiency from… magic software…

    • europeon

      You don’t seem to know much about how modern engines work. That “magic software” – engine management system, as it’s know to the rest of us, is part of the precision engineering that goes into those engines.

      • Enter Ranting

        …but it wasn’t optimized when it went on sale? They left a little untapped potential, in case there was a diesel scandal they had to deal with?

        • europeon

          There is always a tradeoff between power, emissions, wear, and fuel consumption. When cars leave the factory, they have dialed in the settings manufacturers think they are best for their intended use scenario, but there is always room to juggle – that’s how you can get your car remapped and gain additional power.

          • Howstar

            Ha, hence when Audi say the SOFTWARE “update will have no negative effects on fuel consumption or performance”, i say ‘magic software’ that gets round all of these trade-offs

    • DuDE

      Looks like they are covering their base before another dieselgate fiasco emerges.

  • Autoexperte

    Vorsprung durch Betrug = advance by fraud


    Still feeling the sting from diesel gate.

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