2016 Audi A8 e-tron

The A8 has been the flagship model of the entire Audi range since its arrival back in 1994. Now in its third generation, the A8 continues to carry the “Four Rings” flag to greater and greater heights. Word has it that the A8 is getting a new engine that will make good use of the company’s new 3.0-liter, V-6, e-tron drivetrain.

Auto Express is reporting that the A8 will be the first recipient of a new e-tron hybrid system combined with a 3.0-liter, V-6, diesel mill. This system is similar to the one Audi dropped into the A3 e-tron Sportback , albeit with a more powerful V-6 to complement the electric motor.

Audi technical boss Dr Ulrich Hackenberg confirmed to Auto Express that this new setup will be used on the automaker’s larger models with the A8 getting first dibs on it.

It’s another huge step in the company’s quest to produce more sustainable vehicles in the future. Having an electric motor to complement the V-6 should make the A8 more fuel efficient without compromising its already stout performance numbers.

The new A8 e-tron is expected to carry 368 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque with an all-electric range of 30 miles. The range is similar to other luxury hybrid models on the market, including the Panamera S-E Hybrid and its 22-mile, EV-only range.

Expect the A8 to be the first model to receive the 3.0-liter e-tron powertrain with the A6 and the Q7 and others following suit at a later date.

It’s an exciting time for Audi as it ventures into new territory with its bigger models. If the A8 e-tron succeeds, look for the company to set its sights on expanding the engine’s reach into other models sooner than later.

Note: Standard Audi A8 pictured here.

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Source: AutoExpress

Competitors

Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid

Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid

The Porsche Panamera has been sales boon for Porsche since the model first appeared in 2010. Now in its second generation, the Panemera is even more awesome than it was the first time around. A big reason for that is the increased engine options that are available, including the Panamera S E-Hybrid.

It also comes with a 3.0-liter V-6 like the A8, but it’s not a diesel, which should give the upper hand to the A8 e-tron. The Panamera S E-Hybrid does come with a powerful electric motor and a higher-performance battery, allowing it to run in pure electric mode a total of 22 miles with top speed rated at 83 mph. It can’t cover as much distance as the A8 e-tron is reportedly capable on electric power only, but that doesn’t mean the Panamera S E-Hybrid is a slouch.

It’s still more than capable in its own right, even if it could lag behind the A8 e-tron’s overall efficiency.

Audi A8

Audi A8

In Audi’s eyes, bigger means better, which is probably why the 2015 A8 is larger than it’s ever been before. It received its fair share of improvements, including the new bumper and front grille, improved LED running lights, and Audi’s all-new Matrix LED forward lighting system.

The A8 still features a diverse engine lineup, beginning with a 3.0-liter V-6 that develops 310 horsepower and 324 pound-feet of torque, and a more powerful 4.0-liter V-8 that pumps out 435 horsepower and 444 pound-feet of torque.

Then there’s the aforementioned 3.0-liter, V-6 e-tron drivetrain, which should be good for 368 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque if Audi’s proclamations prove to be true.


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