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    August 22, 2003

    Text and photos courtesy of Audi UK

    V6 petrol and EU4 TDI engines, multitronic CVT
    transmission and front-wheel-drive are new departures for
    the latest A8

    • New A8 models featuring 3.0-litre six-cylinder petrol
      and TDI engines make their international débuts at the
      2003 Frankfurt Show
    • Common rail 3.0-litre TDI creates the first ever
      EU4-compliant D-segment diesel
    • 3.0-litre petrol model is the world’s first luxury
      saloon to feature Continuously Variable Transmission
      (CVT), maximizing performance and fuel economy
    • 3.0-litre petrol: 220PS @ 6,300rpm, 300Nm @ 3,200rpm,
      0-62mph in 7.9 secs, max speed 150mph, combined mpg 29.4
    • 3.0-litre TDI: 233PS @ 4,000rpm, 450Nm from 1,400 to
      3,250rpm, 0-62mph in 7.8 secs, max speed 151mph,
      combined mpg 3

    Two key advances in the evolution of the luxury car will be
    made by Audi at the 2003 Frankfurt Motor Show, where the new
    V6-powered A8 3.0 and A8 3.0 TDI quattro models are set to
    make their world débuts on September 9th.

    The new six-cylinder A8 3.0 TDI quattro will be notable
    as the world’s first D-segment diesel saloon to meet the
    tougher EU4 emissions regulations applicable from 2005,
    reducing running costs for business users by eliminating the
    3 per cent diesel tax premium for UK drivers.

    Its V6 petrol counterpart will be marked out as the first
    ever luxury saloon to reap the benefits of step-less
    continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). The
    unique Audi multitronic transmission operates significantly
    more efficiently than conventional automatics, bringing
    major gains in performance, fuel economy and emissions and
    helping to create an exceptional new lead-in model for the
    A8 range.

    High-tech TDI

    The new A8 3.0 TDI quattro features the first of a new
    generation of Audi TDI engines. Unusually compact at just
    440mm in length, the new turbocharged and twin-intercooled
    24-valve unit employs common rail injection technology for
    the first time in an Audi V6 TDI. It develops 233PS at 4,000
    rpm and an exceptional maximum torque figure of 450Nm from
    just 1,400rpm through to 3,250rpm.

    This impressive output enables the A8 3.0 TDI to
    outperform all other comparable diesel-powered saloons,
    helped by an all-aluminum body shell that is some 50 per
    cent lighter than an equivalent steel body, and 60 per cent
    more rigid. An impressive

    0-62mph time of 7.8 seconds and a maximum speed of 151mph
    are achievable without ruling out equally exceptional fuel
    economy of up to 31.7mpg.

    The A8 3.0 TDI quattro sets a new standard as the first
    and only diesel car in the large luxury class to combine
    six-speed tiptronic transmission with permanent all-wheel
    drive, and also to outperform the tough EU4 exhaust emission
    limits that will apply from 2006.

    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

    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 maximizing 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 aluminum
    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