Audi A8 is simply the best, German manufacturer has to offer. A8 already had hybrid models available, but next year’s model, 2015 Audi A8 Hybrid, will be special. This is their flagship model and full-size luxury car demands the most attention from Audi’s engineers year in and year out.
2015 Audi A8 Hybrid Design – Interior and Exterior
Its exterior went through a facelift recently and complete Audi’s lineup now has a big trapezoid grille with thin chrome stripes and four circles. Headlights are rectangular and wheel arches are slightly pronounced. Out back, A8 is simple, yet elegant without any complex design choices.All in all, A8 hybrid, just like any other A8 model has a sublime design which was accomplished without too much effort, it seems.
Interior design is worthy of a luxury badge, there’s no doubt. A8 hybrid offers only the best available materials including high-quality leather, metallic and custom wood accents in few available colors. Dashboard is furbished with leather at the top, while lower parts are covered by already mentioned accents. Center stack features audio and aircondition controls, together with special T-shaped shifter and storage compartment behind a gloss plate.
Touch screen display which pops out of the dash enables MMI 3D navigation system thanks to the built-in Wi-Fi hotspot with eight channels for exterior devices. Bang & Olufsen advanced sound system, which has 19 speakers and more than 1400 watts of power is optional and so is rear-seat entertainment system with twin 10.2-inch screens and a 20 GB hard drive. Safety features are also very advanced and beside all regular features, A8 also gets rearview or surround-view camera with parking sensors. Also available are blind-spot monitors, lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go capability and night vision.
Under the Hood and Performance
It is for the first time that A8 will ditch its Quattro 4WD and will become a FWD vehicle instead. Beside that, it’ll have a petrol engine instead of diesel ones in European models. A8 hybrid will therefore be moved by a 2.0L I-4 engine and an electric motor for a net hybrid output of 245 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque. Transmission will be 8-speed automatic, just like in conventional models, and thanks to a lithium-ion battery pack, A8 will be able to offer a brief all-electric drive.
2015 Audi A8 Hybrid Price and MPG
With smaller powertrain than A8’s usually get, hybrid version of this full-sizer should return fuel economy ratings of 33 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway. Price is like a car, top tier and be prepared to pay at least $85,000 if you want one of these.
2015 Audi A8 hybrid is a great vehicle, full of useful features, luxury adornments and active electronic safety features. It also returns high fuel economy numbers and isn’t much more expensive than conventional models, which is always a plus.