Interesting first drive review here of the Audi A8 Hybrid. Enjoy!
Top speed in all-electric mode is 62 mph.) And while you may never notice its internal-combustion heart beating if you dawdle at or below the pace of traffic, the engine calls attention to itself with a subdued but noticeable growl once you call for any real power.
The sucking, squeezing, banging, and blowing noises come from the VW Group’s ubiquitous 211-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder, teamed here with a 54-hp electric motor that’s integrated with a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission. Electrical storage capacity is provided by a 1.3-kWh lithium-ion battery pack. Power is sent only to the front wheels. Combined and at full steam, the powertrain delivers 245 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque.
We estimate the A8 hybrid can reach 60 mph in around 7.2 seconds; Audi claims a drag-limited top speed of 146 mph. It is not governed, and we found you can easily reach 155 mph or more on downhill sections of the German roads on which we drove.