Remarkable new A8 multitronic
Available in standard or long-wheelbase body styles, the new A8 3.0 multitronic will be powered by a sophisticated lightweight alloy-block V6 petrol engine offering 220PS at 6,300rpm and a maximum 300Nm of torque at 3,200rpm. It will be capable of accelerating to 62mph in an impressive 7.9 seconds and, where permissible, reaching a top speed of 150mph.
Uninterrupted by conventional automatic gear changes thanks to its continuously variable gear ratio, and unhindered by a power and fuel-sapping torque converter, the multitronic transmission plays a key role in maximising the performance of the responsive V6 engine, and delivering it with exceptional smoothness. It also ensures that fuel economy in the A8 3.0 stands out from the crowd, with up to 29.4mpg possible on the combined cycle.
The new V6 engines are the latest in an extensive line-up of refined petrol and TDI diesel units to be gradually phased in for British A8 models. The current UK line-up includes 3.7-litre and 4.2-litre, 40-valve V8s with 280PS and 335PS and a more recently introduced 32-valve V8 TDI combining 275PS with an exceptional 650Nm of torque and 29.4mpg economy.
From the front-wheel-drive A8 3.0 to the permanently four-wheel-driven A8 4.2 quattro, all models feature lightweight aluminium running gear incorporating air suspension with continuously variable damper settings capable of adapting to suit the prevailing road conditions. Four pre-determined spring and damper settings can also be selected by the driver using the Multi Media Interface control, which is fitted as standard across the range.
Prices and introduction dates for UK versions of the A8 3.0 multitronic and A8 3.0 TDI have yet to be confirmed. On the road prices for the current UK A8 range start at £51,055 for the 3.7 quattro model, rising to £58,455 for the 4.2 quattro Long Wheelbase.Published 25 August 2003