The Audi A8 Hybrid has been given the green light for series production beginning in 2012. The luxury saloon combines a 2.0 litre four cylinder TFSI petrol engine with electric motor for zero emissions driving and in excess of 44mpg.
The Audi A8 hybrid will be one of the lightest saloons in its category due to the brand’s ultra-lightweight construction expertise. Its ASF (Audi Space Frame) body is made almost entirely of aluminium, with ultra-high-strength steel used only for the B –pillars to optimise rigidity. Weighing just 231 kilograms, it is roughly 40 per cent lighter than a comparable steel construction.
The Audi A8 hybrid can drive at up to 62mph purely on electric power and has a range of up to 1.86 miles at a constant 37mph. There is a choice of three driving mode; the ‘EV’ setting gives priority to the electric drive, while the ‘D’ option efficiently controls both the engine and the electric motor. The ‘S’ mode and the tiptronic gate place the emphasis on optimal acceleration.