This 2020 Audi A8 Plug-In Hybrid Costs More Than An R8

We all know flagship luxury sedans are on the expensive side, but wait until you see the price tag of this Audi A8 Plug-In Hybrid at a dealer in Germany. It’s a standard-wheelbase A8 in the 60 TFSI e quattro specification, which represents the plug-in hybrid version of Ingolstadt’s range-topping sedan. At an eye-watering €149,949.97, it costs about €5,000 more than the rear-wheel-drive R8, thus creating a rather unusual situation when an A8 is more expensive than the naturally aspirated supercar.

This Audi A8 Plug-In Hybrid has roughly €43,000 worth of options, with €5,350 only for the dark brown design package inside the cabin where there’s Valcona leather upholstery and matte brushed aluminum accents with a dark finish. The technology package alone is worth nearly €5,000 and adds matrix laser headlights, OLED taillights, a head-up display, and adaptive windshield wipers.

We could go on talking about the extras forever, mentioning the optional 20-inch Audi Sport wheels with a 5 “V” spoke design adding another €2,000 to the final bill. The city assistance package worth €1,450 is also on the list, and it goes without saying there are a ton of additional options to reach the steep asking price.

Also available in long-wheelbase configuration, the Audi A8 Plug-In Hybrid is powered by a turbocharged 3.0-liter gasoline engine working together with an electric motor. With the power of the two combined, you get a large sedan with 449 hp on tap, and perhaps more importantly, a generous 700 Nm (516 lb-ft) of torque.

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With Boost Mode turned on, the Audi A8 Plug-In Hybrid does 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 4.9 seconds and tops out at an electronically governed 155 mph (250 km/h). Thanks to a 14.1-kWh lithium-ion battery pack installed underneath the trunk, the car can travel for as much as 29 miles (46 kilometers) without sipping any gasoline, according to the WLTP cycle.

It’s worth mentioning the A8 won’t go full EV anytime soon as Audi has already announced the next-gen car will not lose the combustion engine. Instead, the engineers will focus on increasing the electric range of the plug-in hybrid model. Initially, the company had a pure electric version in mind for the sedan’s next iteration, but the peeps from Ingolstadt have had a change of heart and will focus on the TFSI e model.

Adrian Padeanu

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