Audi showed off the A8 hybrid in Geneva, calling it an “engineering study.” It is powered by Audi’s 2.0-liter TFSI engine with 211 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, paired with an electric motor for a combined 245 hp and 354 lb-ft. Average fuel consumption is 38 mpg, the German automaker said. The A8 hybrid has an eight-speed Tiptronic transmission.
“A U.S. confirmation or launch date is still TBD, but on a worldwide basis, it should be available by the end of calendar year 2011,” said Audi spokesman Christian Bokich in response to an e-mailed query by Inside Line. “The ‘regular’ A8 launches in the U.S. in fall 2010 as a 2011 model year vehicle.”
He said the Q5 hybrid, the automaker’s first hybrid, will get the 2.0-liter TFSI engine, rated at 211 hp, and an electric motor. “U.S. launch timing is at the end of the 2011 calendar year,” Bokich said.
Source: Inside Line