The A8 is electrified, but the range does not impress.

The plug-in hybrid Audi A8 L TFSI e quattro (the long-wheelbase version) is one of several plug-ins that Audi introduced in the U.S. market (besides two all-electric e-tron versions and theQ5 PHEV)

The 2020 model year version was rated by EPA at 17 miles (27.4 km) of all-electric range and energy consumption (in EV mode) of 54 MPGe - 624 Wh/mi (388 Wh/km).

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That's not a huge achievement, especially considering there is a 14.1 kWh battery inside, but maybe at least some of the customers will be able to utilize it for a daily commute. For long-distance travel, it does not bring much of an improvement over ICE.

2020 Audi A8 L TFSI e quattro EPA rating:

  • all-electric range of 17 miles (27.4 km)
  • total range of 420 miles (676 km)
  • energy consumption (including charging losses):
    • EV mode: 54 MPGe - 624 Wh/mi (388 Wh/km)
    • Hybrid mode: 23 MPG

The 2020 Audi A8 L 60 TFSI e quattro was priced at $94,000 (plus $995 destination charge), which after deducting the federal tax credit ($6,712) it's effectively $88,283.

The latest announcement about the 2021 model year version says that the MSRP price will go up to $95,900 (that's about 10 thousand above the base ICE.) and effectively $90,183.

2020 Audi A8 L 60 TFSI e quattro specs:

  • 17 miles (27.4 km) of all-electric EPA range and 420 miles (676 km)total
    46 km (28.6 miles) of WLTP range
  • 14.1 kWh battery (total); 104 pouch cells combined in eight modules, nominal voltage of 385 V
  • 0-60 mph (96.5 km/h) in 4.9 seconds
  • all-wheel drive
  • system output of 443 hp/449 PS (about 330 kW) and 700 Nm (516 lb-ft) of torque
    a 3.0-liter, turbocharged V6 engine (250 kW) paired with an electric motor (100 kW) integrated into the torque converter of the eight-speed automatic transmission
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Pricing announced for 2020 Audi A8 TFSI e: premium flagship sedan merged with efficient plug-in hybrid technology

  • Powerful 3.0-liter TFSI® engine paired with electric motor produce estimated 443* horspower and 516* lb-ft of torque
  • 14.1 kWh battery allows for EPA estimated 17 miles of electric-only, direct emmissions-free driving range and 54 MPGe
  • Plug-in hybrid joins A8 V6, V8 and S8 variants to round out model line

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:

2020 Model

Engine

Horsepower

Torque

MSRP

A8 60 TFSI e

3.0T

443 hp

516 lb-ft

$94,000

*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 $6,712. Additional state incentives may also be available. Please check with your tax advisor for detailed information as incentives may not apply to every customer.

 

 

 

 

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Luxury meets efficiency: the Audi A8 L 60 TFSI e quattro

  • Maximum travel comfort, sportiness, and up to 46 kilometers (28.6 mi) of electric range
  • The 3.0 V6 TFSI and powerful electric motor achieve 330 kW (449 PS) of system power and 700 Nm (516.3 lb-ft) of system torque
  • Intelligent connectivity: myAudi app and Audi e-tron Charging Service

With the new A8 L 60 TFSI e quattro (combined fuel consumption in l/100 km*: 2.7 – 2.5 (87.1 – 94.1 US mpg); combined electric power consumption in kWh/100 km*: 21.2 – 20.9; combined CO2 emissions in g/km*: 61 – 57* (98.2 – 91.7 g/mi)), Audi is offering its customers electric driving in the luxury class for the first time. The combination of plug-in hybrid drive and intelligent drive management allows distances of up to 46 kilometers (28.6 mi) (measured in accordance with WLTP) to be covered with electric drive alone, turning a large portion of daily journeys into an emissions-free and nearly silent driving experience. The system power of 330 kW (449 PS) and system torque of 700 Nm (516.3 lb-ft) ensure impressive vehicle dynamics.