|Ingolstadt, January 26th, 2000
V6 TDI with 180 bhp in the A8
From early February 2000 Audi will also be offering the tuned V6 TDI for its A8 saloon. The most powerful and sporty version of the 2.5 litre engine delivers an output of 132 kW (180 bhp) at 4000 rpm; its peak torque of 370 Nm is available at between 1500 and 2500 rpm. With an output per litre of 53 kW (72 bhp), the refined and powerful Audi TDI currently holds the world record for a production diesel engine.
The new engine is an advanced version of Audi's pioneering 2.5 litre TDI with 110 kW (150 bhp), which will remain available for the A8 for the time being. A large number of components have been radically modified by Audi's engineers in order to produce this higher power output.
One new feature is the VP 44-S3 three-piston injection pump with separate pre-injection controlled by a solenoid valve; this system allows injection pressure to reach 1850 bar. The turbocharger and water and oil cooling systems have also been modified compared with the basic engine version, as have connecting rods and pistons. Thanks to a highly efficient emission control system with primary catalytic converter close to the engine and secondary oxidation catalytic converter, the 132 kW engine also satisfies the limits of the EU III standard.
The front-wheel drive version with 6-speed manual gearbox accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 8.8 seconds and reaches a top speed of 227 km/h. Performance data which can be obtained with very economical fuel consumption: the vehicle's overall fuel consumption according to 93/116/EC is 7.2 litres of diesel per 100 kilometres.
Substantial torque makes outstanding pulling power possible - the ideal basis, especially in combination with the 5-speed tiptronic, for a relaxed, commanding driving style at a high average speed.
The 132 kW TDI is available for the A8 with either front-wheel or quattro drive. The front-wheel drive version with 6-speed manual gearbox costs DM 90,100 (EUR 46,067.40). The price for the front-wheel drive A8 2.5 TDI version with the 132 kW engine and 5-speed tiptronic is set at DM 93,300 (EUR 47,703.53). The A8 2.5 TDI quattro, with tiptronic as standard, costs DM 99,300 (EUR 50,771.28).
The equipment items and technical data quoted refer to the model range available in Germany. Subject to alterations and errors.
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