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About Audi A8 Engine
The A8 will be futuristic, but it will also have enough chrome to please customers in emerging markets such as Russia and China. There will be both short- and long-wheelbase versions, the latter to be launched in mid-2010. The A8 uses Audi’s new modular longitudinal architecture, introduced on the A5, A4, and Q5. Compared to the current A8, the front axle is shifted forward.
The A8 will keep the Quattro all-wheel-drive system, but an entry-level front-wheel-drive version is again possible if the market demands it. In Europe, such a model is currently offered as an especially fuel-efficient alternative. Initial engine offerings will likely include a 4.2-liter gasoline V-8 and a 4.2-liter V-8 turbo-diesel, both equipped with an all-new, ZF-sourced eight-speed automatic (a gearbox which will simultaneously go into the BMW 7-series). Audi will also offer its 3.0-liter V-6 turbo-diesel, an extremely popular engine in Europe, and the supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 from the A6 and S4. And even though the current W-12 engine is no more than a footnote in the A8’s European home market, expect Russia and China to demand a successor of the prestigious power plant. Audi could also offer a version of the V-12 turbo-diesel introduced in the Q7, although modifications would be required to fit this big and heavy unit into the A8’s engine bay. Expect the supercharged six and the 4.2-liter gas V-8 in U.S.-market A8s. If the W-12 happens, it will almost definitely once again be available to U.S. customers.
The Audi A8 is large luxury car built by the German automaker Audi, to replace the Audi V8 as its flagship model.
In 1997, the new A8 was available with either front-wheel drive, or the Torsen-based Quattro permanent four-wheel drive. The FWD models are powered by a 2.8 litre V6 engine, producing 193 PS (142 kW; 190 bhp), and 3.7 litre V8 engine producing 233 PS (171 kW; 230 bhp), while the Quattro received a 4.2 litre V8 producing 304 PS (224 kW; 300 bhp).
In 1999, Audi’s flagship received new colours, and restructuring of option packages. The North American “warm weather package” added a solar sunroof which allows the interior ventilation fans to run, keeping the interior cool whilst the car is parked with the engine turned off.
In 2001, Audi introduced its new W12 engine, a compact 6.0 litre unit developed by effectively mating two VR6 engines together at the crankshaft. The engine quickly became available in the A8, though only to European and Asian customers.
The second-generation A8 built on the Volkswagen Group D3 platform was introduced in late 2003. The top-of-the-line W12 engine W12 version was the first model to be equipped with a grille; V8 engine models were fitted with the new grille the following year. In addition to the styling update, new internal combustion engines became available to European and Asian market customers. The entry-level 3.0 litre V6 engine was replaced with a new 3.2 litre unit featuring Fuel Stratified Injection, which it shared with the Audi A4 (B7) and Audi A6 (C6). This generation A8 introduced the 326 PS (240 kW; 322 bhp) 4.2 litre Turbocharged Direct Injection V8 engine – the most powerful diesel engine Audi has ever offered in a passenger automobile, before the debut of Audi’s 6.0 litre V12 TDI engine in the Audi Q7. The engine uses two turbochargers and two intercoolers, with each turbocharger functioning exclusively for one bank of four cylinders. The 2.8 litre V6 FSI, which is recently added to the A8 range, has a class leading 199 g/km of CO2 emission.
The third-generation Audi A8 was first introduced in Miami. Initial engine options comprise 4.2 litre petrol (FSI) and diesel (TDI) V8s, with 273 kilowatts (371 PS; 366 bhp) and 258 kilowatts (351 PS; 346 bhp) respectively. A 3.0 litre V6 TDI with either 184 kilowatts (250 PS; 247 bhp) or 150 kilowatts (204 PS; 201 bhp) will be available later.
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