Audi piles on diesel

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THE nation’s ‘‘de­ci­sion-mak­ers’’ now have three more lux­ury sa­loons to choose from.

Audi has added two turbo diesel-pow­ered A8s to the ex­ist­ing 4.2 FSI petrol V8 model with a long-wheel­base model 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 said these mod­els would make Audi more com­pet­i­tive.

‘‘The D seg­ment is re­ally im­por­tant to us be­cause these are the de­ci­sion-mak­ers of the coun­try,’’ he said.

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 said 35 per cent of Audi sales last year were diesel-pow­ered. She ex­pected the two new diesel mod­els to rep­re­sent 70 per cent of A8 sales with about 60 per cent opt­ing for the flag­ship. ‘‘We will have a diesel in ev­ery model in our range by the end of the year ex­cept the R8,’’ she said.

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 al­loys, pre-sense safety sys­tem, rear cam­era and park­ing sys­tem, cruise con­trol, MMI 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 as­sis­tant with pedes­trian de­tec­tion ($5400), adap­tive cruise with stop and go ($5395), 1400-watt Bang & Olufsen sound sys­tem ($16,950 in the V6 and $14,430 in the V8) and rearseat en­ter­tain­ment screens ($9845).

Audi has added two turbo diesel-pow­ered A8s to its V8 range.

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