The Audi A8 Hybrid sedan will get its official reveal at 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show but the German carmaker wants the public to get to know the car before meeting in real at the auto show, so they decided to release the photos and some details about it.
The Audi A8 Hybrid sedan was first showed up as a concept car at last year’s Geneva Motor Show and judging by sets of photos, not much of changes made by Ingolstadt manufacturer. The Audi A8 Hybrid sedan is a luxury four-door with frugal ambitions which will go in sale next year.
The only visual changes on the Audi A8 Hybrid sedan that we spotted are the smaller 18-inch wheels. Those wheels replaced the massive 21-inch that attached to the concept, but design has not changed. Okay, the smaller wheels indicate that Audi wants to save the energy because the bigger the wheels are, then the more power the Audi A8 Hybrid sedan need to roll them, right?
On the performance side, the Audi A8 Hybrid sedan will be powered by a 2.0L turbocharged TFSI engine that able to unleash 211 horsepower and 350 Nm of torque. Still no official information that Audi A8 Hybrid sedan will have a petrol engine instead of a diesel which is US-market oriented if the German carmaker wants to compete with BMW i8.
The hybrid system powerplant on the Audi A8 Hybrid sedan comes from the combination of the engine to an electric motor which offers 40kW and 210 Nm of torque. The combined output of the Audi A8 Hybrid sedan is 245 horsepower, which is pretty much almost the same with Volkswagen Golf GTI’s engine.
The Audi A8 Hybrid sedan sprints from 0 to 100km/h in 7.7 seconds and the top speed reaches 235 km/h which is considerably fast for hybrid car. On the European cycle, the fuel consumption is expected around 6.4L per 100km, while the CO2 emissions of the Audi A8 Hybrid sedan set to be 148 grams.