Back in October, Audi continued its model hybridization with the 2020 Audi A8 PHEV. It’s the first step for Audi and others on the road to full electrification, but that’s years away still. Until then, executives, VIPs, and large sedan lovers can ride/drive the plug-in hybrid Audi, though they’ll have to pay big bucks. Audi has released pricing for the model, and it’s not cheap – it's $94,000 to start.
That $94,000 MSRP does not include the $995 destination charge, nor the taxes, title, or other up-charges. While pricy, it’s about $10,000 more expensive than the entry-level 2020 Audi A8 55 TFSI that starts at $85,200. However, Audi anticipates A8 PHEV customers will qualify for a federal tax credit up to $6,795. It could also be eligible for additional state incentives, too.
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For that price, A8 PHEV owners get a 443-horsepower (330-kilowatt) turbocharged V6 that produces 516 pound-feet (700 Newton-meters) of torque. Thanks to the small electric motor, the Audi offers up to 17 miles of pure electric range. Power hits all four wheels through Audi’s Quattro all-wheel-drive system and its eight-speed automatic gearbox. Audi says the large sedan can hit 60 miles per hour (96 kilometers per hour) in less than six seconds. Its top speed is 150 mph (241 kph).
Gallery: 2020 Audi A8 L 60 TFSI e
The A8’s electrified powertrain also brings with it a few design tweaks such as revised bumpers and the extra cap to conceal the new charging port. Other changes include 19-inch wheels and a unique lighting signature Inside, Audi updated the instrument cluster to show hybrid-specific information along with an EV button in the lower interior touchscreen to engage electric mode.
Pricing announced for 2020 Audi A8 TFSI e: premium flagship sedan merged with efficient plug-in hybrid technology
HERNDON, Va., January 16, 2020 – Joining the flagship sedan model line, the A8 TFSI e serves as the first plug-in hybrid variant of the A8. Combining the comfort and prestige of the A8 with electric driving, the plug-in hybrid retains innovative technologies and sophisticated design emphasized across the model line.
A8 TFSI e: hybrid electric efficiency and superior comfort
Blending premium design, comfort and efficiency, the A8 TFSI e is powered by a 3.0-liter, turbocharged V6 engine paired with an electric motor integrated into the torque converter of the eight-speed automatic transmission, helping ensure a balance of power and efficiency. With a manufacturer-estimated combined maximum output of 443 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque, the A8 TFSI e can accelerate from 0-60 in approximately 4.9 seconds, almost a second faster than the standard A8 V6 thanks to the hybrid components.
The exterior of the A8 TFSI e is differentiated through its unique light signature in the front bumper and standard 19-inch wheels. The plug-in hybrid also receives an MMI display with electric-specific driving screens, including charging information, and additional consumption statistics to help drivers maximize the efficiencies of the hybrid system. The Audi virtual cockpit is also updated to display battery data and range statistics. Similar to the fully electric Audi e-tron, the A8 TFSI e has a standard boost function that maximizes its power outputs for additional performance over a limited time.
Supplementing the 3.0 TFSI® engine and powering its electric motor is a lithium-ion battery pack, made up of 104 pouch cells combined in eight modules and can store 14.1 kWh of energy at a voltage of 385 V. The battery, which sits beneath the luggage compartment, works in tandem with the combustion engine as a hybrid. Using paddle shifters behind the steering wheel, the driver can select from several different plug-in specific modes, including hybrid mode, purely electric mode and a hold mode to help reserve pure-electric driving for later scenarios. When the driver selects EV driving mode, an audible eSound is emitted to help ensure pedestrians are aware of the vehicle’s presence.
MSRP pricing detail
Model year 2020 A8 TFSI e manufacturer suggested starting retail price:
A8 60 TFSI e
*Starting MSRP of $85,200 for a 2020 Audi A8 55 TFSI® quattro® with automatic transmission. Price excludes destination charge ($995), taxes, title, other options and dealer charges. Dealer sets actual price.
Audi anticipates that customers purchasing the 2020 Audi A8 TFSI e will be eligible for a federal tax credit of up to $6,795. Additional state incentives may also be available. Please check with your tax advisor for detailed information as incentives may not apply to every customer.