Audi piles on diesel
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.