Audi will launch an A8 Hybrid towards the end of next year.
The flagship limousine will be powered by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine and a 40kW electric motor to give a combined power output of 242bhp. It will come mated to an eight-speed tiptronic gearbox.
The A8 Hybrid will average around 44mpg, while Audi says CO2 emissions will be 'below 148g/km'. It will boast a 0-62mph time of 7.7 seconds and have a top speed of 146mph.
The car can drive on electric power alone at up to 62mph. At a constant speed of 37mph it has a range of 1.86 miles on electric power.
The electric motor is charged by a lithium-ion battery pack in the car's boot.
The A8 Hybrid will get styling touches to mark it out from the rest of the range – including alloy wheels with spokes 'reminiscent of turbine blades' and hybrid badges on the bodywork.
Three-zone climate control, LED headlights and a Bose sound system will come as standard.
There is no indication on prices as yet, but we expect the A8 Hybrid to cost around £60,000.
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