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Audi A8 e-tron confirmed for 2015 launch

Chief technical officer Ulrich Hackenberg has announced plans to introduce an Audi A8 e-tron next year, featuring an evolution of the technology used in the A3 e-tron. The latter boasts a 1.4-liter four-cylinder turbo gasoline engine teamed up with an electric motor to provide a combined output of 204 PS (150 kW) and 258 lb-ft (350 Nm). However, the A8 is much heavier so there is a necessity for a more powerful hardware arrangement which is why the A8 e-tron will use a V6 3.0-liter turbodiesel working together with an electric motor to generate 368 PS (271 kW) and 516 lb-ft (700 Nm).

According to Hackenberg, the Audi A8 e-tron will have CO2 emissions of less than 100 g/km when running in hybrid mode while on electric power it will be able to travel for 48 km (30 miles). The revolutionary e-tron system will be shown at the beginning of next year while production of the model will commence a few months later.

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The Audi A8 e-tron is not going to be the only model to receive such a system as other large cars from Ingolstadt will get a similar system, including the A6 and the second generation Q7 and chances are other models will follow in the years to come.

Adrian Padeanu

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