Audi plans Maybach-rivalling W12 A8 flagship

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The W12 engine will get one other outing within the VW Group portfolio, with a Horch-badged A8 flagship on the way in which

Audi is planning the return of the super-luxury Horch identify, which will probably be used on a flagship A8 that would additionally mark the return of the VW Group’s W12 engine to the Audi line-up.

Automotive Information reviews that the Audi A8 Horch will doubtless deliver the W12 powertrain – at present solely used within the Bentley vary and never but relaunched within the A8 – again to the model, however that an Audi insider claims a V8-engined model would additionally work. 

The return of the Horch identify – the surname of one in all Audi’s unique founders – can be Audi’s equal of Mercedes’ revival of Maybach. The identify was final utilized in 1932. 

This implies no Horch-badged stand-alone fashions just like the Maybach 57 and 62 can be deliberate. Audi doesn’t plan to stretch the badge past the A8, though Mercedes has a Maybach SUV within the pipeline geared toward China, in addition to having demonstrated coupé and cabriolet Maybach ideas. 

The A8 Horch will get 585bhp 6.Zero-litre iteration of the engine – 300cc lower than that of the sooner A8 W12 however 85bhp extra highly effective. Within the previous-generation A8 W12, mixed gasoline financial system of 22.8mpg was claimed, with CO2 emissions of 290g/km. 

It’s reported that though the W12 A8 is prepared for launch, it’s at present being postponed. 

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