The new Audi A8 L 60 TFSI e quattro: luxury meets efficiency
With the new A8 L 60 TFSI e quattro Audi is offering its customers electric driving in the luxury class for the first time. With this vehicle, Audi is introducing the Plug-in hybrid drive to the luxury class and consistently continuing its electrification strategy. The A8 L variant of the new model, which measures 5.30 meters with its extended wheelbase, will be introduced to the European markets in the fall. The A8 as plug-in hybrid with normal wheelbase will be available a few weeks later.
The Audi A8 L 60 TFSI e quattro expands the PHEV Audi range composed of A7 Sportback 55 TFSI and the Q5 50 TFSI e quattro and Q5 55 TFSI e quattro SUVs.
The turbocharged V6 direct-injection engine with a gasoline particulate filter delivers an output of 340 PS and 500 Nm of torque. A permanently excited synchronous machine with a peak output of 136 PS and a peak torque of 350 Nm serves as the electric drive. It is integrated together with the clutch in the eight-gear tiptronic, which transmits the power to all four wheels via the quattro permanent all-wheel-drive.
The power electronics converts the direct current from the high-voltage battery into three-phase current to power the electric motor.
During recuperation, it functions as an alternator and feeds direct current back to the lithium-ion battery. The battery is positioned underneath the luggage compartment floor and consists of 104 pouch cells which are allocated to eight modules. The HV battery stores 14.1 kWh of energy and delivers a voltage of 385 V.
The Audi A8 L 60 TFSI e quattro delivers a system power of 449 PS and 700 Nm of torque. This high system torque is already available at 1,250 rpm, which is just above idle speed. When both motors work together in boost mode, the flagship confidently accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 4.9 seconds and reaches an electronically governed top speed of 250 km/h. The Audi A8 L 60 TFSI e quattro can drive on electric power up to a speed of 135 km/h, and its electric cruising range in accordance with the WLTP standard is up to 46 kilometers.
The new Audi A8 L 60 TFSI e quattro allows to take most daily trips with no emissions, thanks to the electric range of 46 km, and at the same time guarantees a driving experience full of dynamism.
Orders are now being accepted for the Audi A8 L 60 TFSI e quattro at a base price in Germany of 109,000 euros. Italian market introduction will begin in the first quarter of 2020.