2020 Audi A8 Plug-In Price Starts At Nearly $95k

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, Automotive Editor - January 17, 2020

Audi is expanding its lineup of plug-in hybrid vehicles with the addition of the 2020 A8 plug-in hybrid. Unfortunately, for consumers looking to go green, they’re going to have to spend quite a lot more green. Pricing for the A8 TFSI e starts at $94,995 including destination. The new A8 plug-in hybrid represents a steep increase of $8,800 over the regular A8, which carries a starting price tag of $86,195.

While the A8 TFSI e costs more than a comparable A8 without the plug-in hybrid powertrain, Audi is quick to point out that the model is eligible for a federal tax credit of up to $6,795 because of its battery pack. State and local incentives could increase the savings. With the federal tax credit in mind, the plug-in hybrid powertrain is a much more modest increase of $2,005.

For the extra money, the A8 TFSI e gets a powertrain that consists of a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 and an electric motor for a combined output of 443 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. A 14.1-kWh battery pack and an eight-speed automatic transmission are included in the mix, too. Performance-wise, the plug-in hybrid model is more powerful than the standard A8. The base A8 55 TSI model comes with a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 and a mild-hybrid system that’s rated at 335 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. In addition to having more power, Audi claims the plug-in hybrid model is nearly 0.7 seconds quicker to 60 mph than the standard A8.

Audi A8 TFSI

Fuel economy figures for the A8 plug-in hybrid model haven’t been announced yet, but Audi states the sedan can get up to 54 MPGe. We’re guessing that figure is a combined rating, which, if held up by the EPA, would put the A8 TFSI e in the same league as the Porsche Panamera 4 e-Hybrid, BMW 745e xDrive, and Mercedes-Benz S650e. Consumers will be able to travel up to 17 miles on nothing but electricity, too.

Audi adds a few extra touches to the A8 plug-in hybrid model to help it stand out beyond its powertrain. The model has distinctive lights at the front, 19-inch wheels, a unique MMI display, and an updated version of Audi’s virtual cockpit system.

With Mercedes no longer having any information on the S650e for the 2020 model year on its website, the Panamera 4 e-Hybrid and the 745e xDrive are the only two real rivals the A8 plug-in hybrid has. The Porsche costs $105,150, while the BMW is priced at $96,545. Compared to the other two options, the A8 TFSI e is the cheapest vehicle.

The new plug-in hybrid model will join the recently announced Audi Q5 55 TFSI e as the second plug-in hybrid vehicle in the lineup. That vehicle carries a starting price of $53,895, has an electric range of 20 miles and has a total of 362 hp.

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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