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2020 Audi A8 plug-in hybrid is seriously smooth

With a whole bunch of torque and silent operation, the A8 PHEV proves hybrids don't need to be compromised.

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The A8 PHEV that will land Stateside needs just a little more get-up-and-go than the Q5 or A7, given its heftier presence.     

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Thus, it ditches the other hybrids' four-pot in favor of a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6, boosting net output to 449 hp and 516 lb-ft

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Its electric motor still lives between the engine and transmission, but the cog swapper in this case is an eight-speed automatic, and the electric motor's output is slightly lower at 134 hp.

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Both powertrains draw their electrons from a 14.1-kilowatt-hour battery located under the body.     

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I think US range should fall around 21 or 22 miles, and perhaps a little lower for the bigger A8.    

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Given the battery's relatively small dimensions, it doesn't leave some awkward lump in the cargo area, leaving the load floor nice and flat.    

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The A8 packs all that same background-mode-shifting tech as the Q5, but it's wrapped in an even larger and more luxurious shell.    

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In this car, the highway miles disappear on a cloud of air suspension and insulated glass.     

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The acceleration is just as impressive, but it all feels a bit more... adult than the Q5.   

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