| 25th August 2011
Audi has revealed the first images of its latest hybrid, the A8.
Audi has released the first images of its new A8 hybrid - a car which uses the same hybrid drivetrain as the A6 and Q5 hybrids.
That makes the A8 the third hybrid in the German manufacturer's range as it looks to step up its attempts to slash CO2 emissions and improve fuel economy.
To do so, Audi has employed a 2.0-litre 208bhp TFSI petrol engine which works in combination with a 40kW electric motor, powered by lithium-ion batteries.
The combined effect is a 242bhp hybrid drivetrain which returns 44mpg and CO2 emissions of less than 148g/km however owners aren't restricted to hybrid modes.
There are five driving modes available on the A8 hybrid comprising of EV, D and S alongside a recuperation and boosting mode which run in the background.
The name hints at the EV mode's purpose and it allows the car to run on pure electric power for a potential range of 1.86 miles at a constant speed of 37mph, the D mode allows the A8 to run in hybrid mode and clear 0-62mph in7.7 seconds with a top speed of 146mph.
Audi has been less forthcoming in revealing the mechanics of its S mode other than the fact that it places 'an emphasis on optimal acceleration' which implies it is a mode suited to the executive standards of the standard A8.
To switch between driving modes smoothly and efficiently, the A8 hybrid uses a modified eight-speed tiptronic transmission with a multi-plate clutch and the system sits in an oil bath to maximise performance.
In addition to the hybrid drivetrain, Audi has also reduced the weight of the A8 with a lightweight construction method that uses aluminium for the majority of the model's bodywork that leaves the model 40 per cent lighter than the standard alternative.
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