2018 Audi A8 to feature hybrid tech
There’s an all-new Audi A8 about to debut and now we can confirm the flagship Audi model will feature a ‘mild’ hybrid drivetrain.
Not a full hybrid, like Toyota’s Prius, the Audi will take advantage of a high-capacity 48-volt electrical system that will power a belt alternator starter (BAS).
The Audi system switches off the combustion engine when it isn’t required, such as when coasting down a hill, then, when drive is once again required, the BAS immediately restarts the engine.
The system, according to Audi, not only saves fuel, but also brings noiseless coasting at speeds up to 160km/h.
While Audi has also rejigged the A8’s start/stop function.
The new system reads the road ahead and traffic conditions and changes the way it operates automatically to suit.
For example, when the road ahead is clear, the BAS starts the combustion engine promptly, letting the Audi A8 drive off swiftly.
While it also restarts the engine as soon as the car in front moves off, rather than waiting for the driver to lift pressure off the brake pedal.
Audi telling us the new tech helps improve fuel economy by about 0.7L/100km.
Fuel economy in the new Audi A8 is also expected to be improved thanks to significant weight-savings achieved by Audi (details here).
We will bring you more details on the new Audi A8 as they come to hand in the lead up to the model’s official reveal next month.
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