Audi has released more details of the C8 Audi A6 55 TFSI e quattro in conjunction with the start of presales of the plug-in hybrid model in Germany, where it carries a base price of 68,850 euros (RM321,441). The variant was first showcased at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, and shares its powertrain with the A7 Sportback and Q5.

The A6 PHEV features a 2.0 litre four-cylinder TFSI engine (252 PS or 248 hp/370 Nm) and a seven-speed dual-clutch S tronic transmission, the latter sporting an integrated electric motor with (143 PS or 141 hp/350 Nm) for a total system output of 367 PS (362 hp) and 500 Nm of torque.

Performance-wise, the sedan will accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in 5.6 seconds, and will hit a top speed of 250 km/h. When running in EV mode, the top speed is lowered to 135 km/h, and you get a WLTP-certified range of 53 km thanks to the 14.1 kWh lithium-ion battery positioned in the vehicle rear. The battery can be recharged using a Type 2 cable, and when plugged into a 7.4 kW charging station, takes about 2.5 hours to get a full charge.

Drivers will also get three driving modes to choose from, starting with Hybrid, where the car employs a predictive operating strategy for the best efficiency and the maximum possible amount of electric driving. There’s also EV mode for all-electric driving, while Hold allows the conservation of electrical energy for use at a later time, like when entering a city area.

The variant also comes with the S line exterior and black styling packages as standard, which add on to Matrix LED headlamps, sport seats, four-zone automatic air conditioning, the Audi virtual cockpit, sport suspension, 19-inch wheels and red brake calipers.