What to Expect from Audi's Brand New Q8 This Summer
With the first preview image of the Audi Q8 revealing a sleek SUV-coupe roofline rivalling the BMW X6, Audi fans around the world are now filled with excitement and expectancy for its launch this summer.
Since the image release in April, the Q8 has been spotted out and about in testing multiple times, which has given us an even better idea of how it will look. It would appear Audi have stayed true to the Q8 concept, as it retains the sleek roofline, LED headlights and tail-lights and that massive eight cornered, single-frame grille.
The Q8’s set to arrive with a starting price of £55,000 – sitting alongside the A8 at the top of Audi’s range with paralleled levels of luxury and comfort.
Audi Q8: Powertrains & Performance
Audi’s flagship SUV will be bundled up with an interesting range of petrol, diesel and hybrid powertrains. The entry level engine will be a 3.0-litre TDI while the main batch is made up of new V6 and V8 petrol and diesels. At the top of the range you will find a petrol-electric plug-in hybrid which has been manufactured and built with Porsche. Audi claim that this engine provides a range of up to 31 miles on just electric power alone. What’s more, Audi bods are suggesting that electric turbocharging will be announced at a later date and is to be supported by the Q8’s 48V electrical system.
Put this all together and you get a claimed power output of 438bhp with 700Nm of torque from the top of the range 3.0-litre TFSI petrol-electric hybrid engine. Audi are also claiming that it will do 0-62mph in 5.4 seconds, while its top speed is 155mph (it is still to be confirmed if this is limited or its actual top speed). The power is delivered by an eight-speed automatic gearbox and Audi’s notorious Quattro four-wheel drive system.
Audi Q8: Interior Design & Features
Heavily influenced by the Audi Q7 high tech cockpit, the Q8 will feature a centre-console that’s more focused on supporting the driver’s experience. One sizeable thing of note is that the Q8 will only come with a five seat option unlike the Q7 which has seven seats as an option. This is largely down to the fact that the Q8 is an SUV-coupe so some practicality has been overlooked for lustrous styling.
Another interior feature, that we know of currently, is a comprehensive connectivity package which will provide over-the-air upgrades for future multi-media interface innovations – such as real time satellite navigation updates.
It’s still early days in terms of production and launch so that’s really all we know about its interior features, however we can be sure that it will be loaded up to its ears in gadgets and luxury.
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