Audi debuts three more models for the big bosses, writes Mark Hinchliffe
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.
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).
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
Competitive force: New models will mean even more diesel sales for Audi.