Audi has unveiled a concept version of the A8 Hybrid in Geneva. It has an average fuel consumption of 6.2 l/100km (38 mpg US).
Audi has pulled the wraps off the A8 Hybrid in Switzerland.
Officially called a "near-production concept," the hybrid features a new front spoiler and unique 21-inch wheels with two-tone rims and three-dimensional surface areas.
Power comes from a 2.0-liter TFSI engine and a small electric motor. The 2.0 TFSI churns out 155 kW (211 PS / 208 hp) and 350 Nm (258 lb-ft), while the motor produces 33 kW (45 PS / 44 hp) and 211 Nm (156 lb-ft) of torque. Together, they have combined output of 180 kW (245 PS / 241 hp) and 480 Nm (354 lb-ft) of torque.
As you'd expect, the performance figures are mediocre. The dash from 0 to 100 km/h (0-62 mph) takes 7.6 seconds and the top speed is 235 km/h (146 mph). On the upside, the average fuel consumption is 6.2 l/100km (38 mpg US) while CO2 emissions are 144 grams per km (232 g/mile).
According to Audi, "The hybrid drive is designed for fully electric-powered driving up to 65 km/h (40 mph) and for a distance exceeding two kilometers. When the Audi A8 Hybrid starts moving, both of its engines (the 2.0 TFSI and the electric motor) interoperate closely to suit varying power demands. Above 65 km/h (40 mph) the combustion engine alone does all the propulsive work, while the electric motor supplies onboard users and recharges the battery."
As we have previously reported, Audi will launch a production A8 Hybrid in late 2011.
Check out the press release for additional information