LUX­URY GALORE

Audi de­buts three more mod­els for the big bosses, writes Mark Hinchliffe

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Prestige -

THE nation’s ‘‘de­ci­sion-mak­ers’’ now have three more lux­ury sa­loons to choose from. Audi has added two turbo-diesel A8s to the 4.2 FSI petrol V8 model, and a long wheel­base model is com­ing next month.

The new flag­ship is the 4.2 TDI V8, the first V8 diesel in its class. It will be joined by a 3.0 TDI V6. All en­gine mod­els also now come in a long wheel­base ver­sion.

Audi Aus­tralia boss Uwe Ha­gen says these mod­els will make them more com­pet­i­tive.

‘‘The D seg­ment is re­ally im­por­tant to us be­cause these are the de­ci­sion­mak­ers of the coun­try,’’ he says.

Value

THE diesel V8 ar­rives at the same price of $234,000 as the ex­ist­ing 4.2 FSI V8, pro­vid­ing a tempt­ing choice for de­ci­sion-mak­ers.

The 3.0 TDI V6 is listed at $188,000.

A8 prod­uct plan­ner Jac­que­line Walden says 35 per cent of all Audi sales last year were diesel-pow­ered.

She ex­pects the two new diesel mod­els to rep­re­sent 70 per cent of A8 sales, and about 60 per cent of those buy­ers will opt for the flag­ship.

‘‘We will have a diesel in ev­ery model in our range by the end of the year ex­cept the R8,’’ she says.

The A8 comes stan­dard with qu­at­tro all-wheel drive, Audi ‘‘drive se­lect’’ and air sus­pen­sion.

The V8 also gets a sport dif­fer­en­tial, which splits torque be­tween the rear wheels for bet­ter drive through corners. It’s op­tional in the V6.

The V6 comes with 18-inch al­loy wheels, a pre-sense safety sys­tem, rear cam­era and park­ing sys­tem, cruise con­trol, satnav, Blue­tooth, mu­sic in­ter­face, me­tal­lic or pearl paint, elec­tric ad­justable steer­ing col­umn, elec­tric sun­roof, xenon head­lights and LED day­time lights.

The V8 adds 19-inch al­loys, am­bi­ent light­ing in three colours, adap­tive lights that mon­i­tor on­com­ing cars, au­to­matic boot lid, servo-clos­ing doors, Bose sound sys­tem, dig­i­tal TV and sports diff.

Key op­tions are LED head­lights ($2700), night vi­sion as­sist with pedes­trian de­tec­tion ($5400), adap­tive cruise with stop and go ($ 5395), adap­tive cruise with lane as­sist, side as­sist and pre-sense plus ($9080), Bang & Olufsen sound ($16,950 in the V6, $14,430 in the V8) and rear seat en­ter­tain­ment screens ($9845).

Tech­nol­ogy

Walden says the TDI tech­nol­ogy has a rac­ing pedigree from Audi’s four diesel-pow­ered Le Mans vic­to­ries.

‘‘TDI not only ben­e­fits the race track but also cus­tomers,’’ she says.

The new turbo-diesel en­gines are ‘‘high-per­for­mance, low­con­sump­tion, light­weight and com­pact en­gines’’.

New to the 3.0 TDI V6 is a stop­start sys­tem that switches the en­gine off when sta­tion­ary. Walden says this alone rep­re­sents a fuel con­sump­tion sav­ing of up to 0.4 per cent.

Other fuel-sav­ing tech­nolo­gies in the V6 are an on-de­mand oil pump, re­duced in­ter­nal fric­tion, ther­mal man­age­ment and a re­cu­per­a­tion sys­tem.

The en­gine weighs 194kg, which is 23kg less than the pre­vi­ous model.

Power has been in­creased 13kW to 184kW and torque is up 100Nm to 550Nm, yet fuel con­sump­tion is down 1.4 litres to 6.6 litres/100km and CO

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