2021 Audi A8 L 60 TFSI e quattro Sport D5

2021 Audi A8 Plug-in Hybrid the ultimate City car. If your job is making money in the Square Mile, this is how you get there.

Ruben Mellaerts Written by Monday, 18 May 2020 13:19
2021 Audi A8 L 60 TFSI e quattro Sport D5 2021 Audi A8 L 60 TFSI e quattro Sport D5 2020 Ruben Mellaerts and Drive-My EN/UK
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Additional Info

  • Year: 2021
  • Body: Saloon
  • Cd/Cx: 0.24
  • Type: Hybrid
  • Battery: 48 volt
  • Engine: 3.0-l V6 + e-motor
  • Fuelling: Direct injection
  • Aspirate: Turbo
  • Power: 443bhp @ 5000rpm
  • Torque: 516lb ft @ 1250rpm
  • Drive: AWD
  • Trnsms: 8-spd automatic ZF
  • Weight: 1955kg (dry)
  • Economy: 109mpg
  • Speed: 155mph (limited)
  • 0-60mph: 4.5secs
  • Price: £88,195

 

AUDI A8 PLUG-IN HYBRID First Drives


The first thing you notice when you drive an electric car such as the Nissan Leaf is the silence, followed by the instant and seamless acceleration. You get levels of serene luxury in a hatchback you’d normally only experience after winning The Apprentice and getting a lift home in Lord Sugar’s Rolls-Royce.


2021 Audi A8 L 60 TFSI e quattro Sport D5
2021 Audi A8 L 60 TFSI e quattro Sport D5

An electric drivetrain in a limo makes perfect sense after barely a mile

But it’s still a hatchback. Combine that peaceful propulsion with a super-refined shell, however – like the Audi A8’s – and you have the ultimate luxury wafter. An electric drivetrain in a limo makes total and perfect sense after barely a mile of driving. This is a vehicle that’ll spend its life conveying elite business people around a congested city (because that’s where elite business people work), and here its 134bhp and the ability to travel nearly 30 tranquil miles without a breath of CO2 is more than adequate.

For additional flexibility and the ability to tackle longer journeys there’s also a petrol V6 taken from the next most powerful A8, the 55 TFSI, making for total outputs of 443bhp and 516lb ft of torque. Getting from one city to another in a hurry is not even remotely taxing. It’s a hushed unit even when pushed hard, but listen carefully and it sounds great – like Morgan Freeman doing the voiceover for a state funeral. The 12.1kWh lithium-ion battery that enables all this is located under the boot floor, giving you the full-EV experience or a welcome boost to the petrol motor’s performance, such as eliminating the slight hesitancy when pulling away that haunts big Audis. It weights 140kg, though, which is the same as two extra passengers, and takes up about as much room, too – the luggage capacity dropping from 505 to 390 litres.

You can charge it using the socket on the left-hand side of the car, or through regeneration during coasting and braking. Audi reckons 90 per cent of everyday braking will be disc- and pad-free. So, although you’re pressing the brake pedal to slow down, much of the deceleration is actually achieved by that multi-tasking electric motor. And the move from electric braking to hydraulic braking is seamless.

The electric motor is the main source of propulsion up to 84mph, unless you push the accelerator pedal past the artificial stop in the middle of its stroke, signifying the switchover point between EV and petrol assistance. This makes it super-easy to stay in its sweetest mode.

It’s like driving a pair of noise-cancelling headphones. The outside world passes by but the A8 does such a good job of isolating you from it that at times it’s like being in a simulator. Air suspension irons the road flat while thick windows block out any evidence of wind existing at all.

With a destination programmed into the satnav, the A8 rations out the battery for you too. Short journeys get the most electrical assistance, long ones the least. When the juice runs out the A8 works like a conventional hybrid, giving you additional shove around town instead of running as a pure EV.

Standard A8 conclusions still apply – the Mercedes-Benz S-Class W222 is more opulent in the rear and the BMW 7-series G11/12 more fun to drive, but the subtly styled Ingolstadt car is the sharpest looking and most technologically impressive.

So calm you’ll believe wind has been abolished


First verdict

Silent, powerful and emissions-free in town, this plug-in version of the Audi A8 is the best in the range

It’s no G11/G12 BMW 7-series dynamically, but the A8 PHEV is an excellent eco-limo


THE FIRST HOUR

1 minute

Plug-in limos are the only PHEVs that come with a long enough charging cable

24 minutes

This is an absolute delight. I think I can hear my own heartbeat

40 minutes

How relaxed behind the wheel can you get before it’s considered dangerous?

59 minutes

I actually prefer this car to my own house


PLUS Sleek and genuinely quite green

MINUS Could pamper passengers more



 

Tech Data

PRICE £88,195 (2021 Audi A8 L 60 TFSI e Sport)

POWERTRAIN 2995cc 24v turbocharged V6 plus e-motor, PHEV, eight-speed automatic, all-wheel drive

PERFORMANCE

Max power 443bhp @ 5000rpm,

Max torque 516lb ft @ 1250rpm,

4.9sec 0-62mph,

Max speed 155mph

WEIGHT 2330kg

ON SALENow

EFFICIENCY 109mpg, 60g/km CO2

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The hybrid A8 D5 only 350bhp because they give more opportunity to customize your car and make that V6 a over 500bhp and it's a great hobby if you have that type of money and you could make that car faster than a Bugatti veyron or chiron because if a freaking 1989 Volkswagen golf could have 1200 hp and do 0-100 km/h in 1.66 seconds and it's still a street legal little sports car you could make an audi a8l w12 just as fast if not faster depending on how much weight you take off the car and how much power and then calculate the hp to weight ratio and if you have insane hp to weight ratio big numbers man could get you into the 8 second quarter mile range depending on what ya do because I've seen a 1,000 something hp big Cadillac Escalade that still has 4 seats in it but with bars inside and its real green it did the Quarter in the 9s range and it was still a 4,000 pound vehicle so if you know what your doing and you have the money do it that's why they limit to low horsepower because if they sell you it with 1,000 hp their going to charge you at least $500,000 or more and doing the things to make the engine faster your self you would save quite a bit of money the way you think about depending on which name brand parts you put in it so take as a cheaper way of getting a 1,000 hp sedan with all luxury and awd your actually saving money the way you think about it because dealers will charge a ton more than what you could but the parts yourself and have someone do it for you your saving thousands and getting a 1,000 hp or 2,000 hp sedan a lot cheaper than what the dealer would sell you and it's you doing it too so you will be proud of you getting your own car make a 1,000 to possibly over 2,000 hp depending on what you put in it and I know the car cost over $100,000.00 brand but if were to buy something with 1,000 hp or over your to pay millions and that's where mostly your saving I mean you could thiss w12 cylinder audi a8l have 1,200 hp for $11,000 to $30,000 extra depending so look at how much money you just right there because I'm sure the car if around $140,000 or close to it so just add an extra let's say just in case an extra $30,000 on top of that which it will and shouldn't be that much do make a 1,000 hp because the car already has 500 hp but just look at that so total price basically your spending is $170,000 around so minus that from 1 million 500 thousand and more because that's what 1,000 hp supercars are but that's why people buy little older sports cars or muscle cars and make them have beyond a 1,000 hp and they dust and leave koenigsegg or Bugatti in the past and your buying so much cheaper cars that have the ability to be much faster than any supercars because of their light weight all supercars are not all light weight bugatti weighs over 4,000 pounds so just think about all this and let me know what all guys and ladys think and gentlemen and young girls.

T Lipo
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I think you definitely need to get a phone, iPad, tablet, laptop or computer/Mac that has some punctuation marks on its keyboard

Matthew LOTUS Vale
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They say the car top speed is 155 mph but it is over than 170 mph it is crazy.

Shelby Glenn
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Excuse me? Do you know many similar size engines that produce more per displacement? There aren't that many. Chevy Camaro and Dodge Challenger, for example, have roughly the same displacement and produce 400+ horsepower. And those are sportscars. This is a luxury sedan with quietness and smoothness as priority.

according to German sources the S8 gets the V10 from the RS6 with 600+hp

600 hp would be easily possible and without any negative long term consequences. All they probably have to do is re-program the engine computer.

There are so many 700, 750hp packages available and I am pretty sure all they do is just fiddle with electronics and voila - you have 750 hp.

Richard TYU Bremner
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The most realistic name of the D5 hybrid A8's performance names will be likely Audi S8e and Audi A8-RS-ev. The S8 will produce around 550-590hp I suppose. The RS version will go beyond 650+ so It can match up with the S600 of Mercedes W222, G12 BMW 760i produces around 590hp? So 760i won't be a big contender against the A8-RS but the S600 will put up a fight

Jarkle COOL Marque
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3.0 litres engine + e-motor only produces 443hp?

Paul Knight
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only? Very good for 2020 cars

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