Audi & Volkswagen's Largest SUVs Will Get Plug-In Hybrid Models
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Audi and Volkswagen have announced two new plug-in hybrid variants for their largest SUV models, the Audi Q8 and Volkswagen Touareg. Both models offer two powertrains, one with 376 total horsepower and the other with 456 horsepower. Both come with a 100 kW (134 hp) fiesty synchronous electric motor embedded in the inner workings of an 8-speed dual-clutch transmission.
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Under the luggage compartment, you will find the 17.8 kWh pouch cell battery that is capable of supplying electric power alone for up to 28 miles at speeds up to 83 mph.  
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Audi's base model is dubbed the Q8 55 TFSI e quattro while the uprated version is the Q8 Competition 60 TFSI e quattro. For Volkswagen, the model names are Touareg eHybrid and Touareg R. Both autos have a mechanical center differential that normally sends 40% of the power to the front wheels and 60% to the rears but is capable of transmitting up to 85% to the front wheels or 70% to the rear wheels as conditions require. Both vehicles sport one-pedal driving with a maximum rate of deceleration of 0.3 g.
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The Audi comes with a wide array of convenience and comfort options befitting its image as a luxury automobile for upscale drivers, but the Volkswagen manages to maintain its own creature comforts to make drivers feel like they are riding in style.
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Both cars have an onboard 7.4 kW charger and can be recharged in about 2.5 hours using a public charging station. The battery can also be recharged by the engine while driving. Each also has a towing capacity of 3.5 tons, one of the highest tow ratings for any plug-in hybrid vehicle. Towing can be accomplished in full-electric mode until the capacity of the battery is exhausted.
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Contact the experienced Audi representatives at Bell Audi in Edison, New Jersey to learn more about the plug-in electric hybrid Audi Q8. Along with that, be sure to check out the current selection of new Audis for sale!
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