Audi announces new V6 diesel-electric drivetrain
German luxury car manufacturer Audi is set to add a second and even more powerful e-tron drivetrain to its existing model range, debuting the brand new V6 3.0-litre diesel in the Audi A8 e-tron.
The new model comes not long after the A3 e-tron Sportback, which has a much smaller 1,400cc engine combined with an electric motor; the company will use the new drivetrain to power bigger models in the range. Dr Ulrich Hackenberg, Audi's board member responsible for technical development, confirmed that the A8 will be the first model to be fitted with the new technology.
The company did not release any information about the electric motor's size; however, it did confirm that the new drivetrain would push out 700Nm of torque and 368bhp. The German car maker also confirmed that the system would boast a range of 30 miles when in all-electric mode.
Audi plans to present the new system at the beginning of next year before it goes into production; afterwards, it will be rolled out to other models in the Audi range. During the press conference, Dr Hackenberg said: "The 3.0-litre e-tron will be used in different cars. The plug-in hybrid is an exciting combination."
This could, of course, mean that the new drivetrain might eventually turn up in cars such as the A6 and the Q7.
Dr Hackenberg also mentioned that the A8 e-tron could boast really impressive emission figures when it makes its debut, hinting that CO2 emissions might be below the 100g/km threshold.