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The new Audi A8 e-tron will feature a very special new plug-in hybrid drivetrain, since for the first time in Audi's hybrid car history, the plug-in hybrid setup will feature a diesel engine.
The new engine will be a 3.0-litre, V6 diesel, which combined with electricity produce a total power output of 368 horsepower and 700 Nm of torque. Not much is known about the batteries but Audi say that the car will have an all-electric range of just under 50 kilometres. Pretty impressive figures, these.
The new diesel e-tron system will be used by the larger vehicles in Audi's lineup, like the A8, the A7 and the Q7, while smaller models will continue to use the 1.4-litre petrol plug-in hybrid setup found in the A3 e-tron.
Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Audi development chief, stated that the new diesel plug-in drivetrain would be revealed in 2015, and eventually service models across the range, beginning with the A8.
Audi has been in the hybrid business for a long time now, beginning way back in 1989 with the Audi Duo, which was powered by a 134 bhp petrol engine that powered the front wheels and a 12 bhp electric motor for the rear. Back then, the electric setup used nickel cadmium batteries.