$120,350 A8 L 60 TFSI e quattro Is Audi’s First Electrified Flagship

For the first time ever, the Audi A8 offers an electrified powertrain, as a plug-in hybrid version has just been announced in Europe. Available initially for the A8 L long-wheelbase model (a standard wheelbase version will follow later), the PHEV combines the ultimate Audi luxury with (relatively) low-emissions motoring.

Officially called Audi A8 L 60 TFSI e quattro, it combines a 340 PS (335 HP) 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 with a 100 kW (136 PS / 134 HP) electric motor for a total output of 449 PS (443 HP / 330 kW) and 700 Nm (516 lb-ft) of torque available from just 1,250 rpm.

The gasoline engine, which is (also available in non-hybrid form in the A8 55 TFSI), generates 500 Nm (369 lb-ft) of torque, while the permanently excited synchronous motor (PSM) delivers an instantly available peak torque of 350 Nm (258 lb-ft). The motor is integrated together with the clutch in the eight-speed tiptronic automatic transmission, which sends power to all four wheels via the quattro permanent AWD system.

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A high-voltage, 14.1 kWh lithium-ion battery located underneath the trunk floor feeds the electric motor, enabling an all-electric driving range of up to 46 km (28.6 miles) as per WLTP and at a maximum speed of 135 km/h (84 mph). However, when both power sources work together in boost mode, the A8 L 60 TFSI e quattro can reach an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph) and sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.9 seconds.

The electrified flagship is not just quick but also efficient, as the WLTP-calculated average fuel consumption is as low as 2.5 l/100 km (94.1 mpg US) with corresponding CO2 emissions of 57 g/km, and its minimum combined electric power consumption is 20.9 kWh/100 km.

The PHEV stands out thanks to specific design details such as the light signature inspired by the Audi e-tron EV, chrome trim on the front bumper, chrome inlays in the door handles, and a continuous diffuser insert with a chrome clasp at the rear. The plug-in hybrid also features exclusive 19-inch aluminum wheels with a turbine design.

The A8 L 60 TFSI e quattro can already be ordered in Germany for a base price of €109,000 ($120,350). While deliveries in Europe will begin in the fourth quarter of 2019, Audi made no mention of the model’s availability in the United States.

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  • brn

    Looks like it’s from the 90’s.

  • Merc1

    NO WAY. Overpriced and drab outside.

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  • TheBelltower

    The A8 used to have curb presence. Not this one.

    • xrnzaaas

      Yep, D2 and D3 generations were awesome, it all fell apart after that.

      • TheBelltower

        Exactly.

  • SteersUright

    Stunningly boring to look at and overpriced, fail to see the appeal.

  • Belthronding

    i think i am the only one who likes new audi a8..

  • Sébastien

    “Audi’s First Electrified Flagship” ???
    Nope, 2012 they had the A8 Hybrid

  • Miknik

    When I look at the proportions of this car I can#t help but think of late 90ies/early 2000 GM sedans based of truly old platforms dating back to the 80ies. You could just tell that the outside design theme and hard points were from two different eras and didn’t work together. Audi, however, manages that with a new, bespoke platform. And those horrid fake exhausts. Just sad, as a whole….

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