A decade ago, BMW invented the luxury coupe-SUV segment with the X6. And it is only this year that Audi decided to join them with the first ever Q8 SUV. This model is new to the Q family of high riding vehicles, giving customers both versatility of an SUV, and elegance of a five door coupe.
The size of the Q8 is pretty much like the Q7’s dimensions. But because of its sloping roofline design, it looks like it sits closer to the ground. Its wheelbase measures almost three meters (118 inches), a huge cabin, for which Audi says is superior compared to their competitors within its segment, namely the BMW X6 and Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe.
Moving on to the Q8’s capacity, it has a larger boot that can hold up to 605 liters (21.3 cubic feet) of your bags when the rear seats are in place, and can be expanded to 1,755 liters (61.9 cubic feet) when folded. To make it easier for us to explain, the boot can fit two golf bags in a transverse direction. As standard, the tailgate is electrically operated, but it can also be had with an electric parcel shelf.
The Q8 will definitely stand out from other members of the Q family, incorporating Audi’s new style, which began in the A8. This bit is highlighted by a prominent single frame grille, six vertical chrome strips, flanked by a set of sleek matrix LED headlights. The rear end gets a pair of LED taillights connected with a tin LED bar, as well as a stylish integrated spoiler.
Q8’s interior features a similar layout with two touchscreens on the center console, while another one is in front of the driver. This is where most of the information about the vehicle and its movement is displayed, whereas the other two screens at the right are used for controlling the infotainment and climate functions.
The automaker promises that the Q8’s performance will stand out from the rest of their cars, thanks to its aluminium platform. Named the Audi Space Frame, this uses 15 percent of die cast aluminum and 14.4 percent high strength steel. Overall, the Q8 only weighs 4,728 pounds (2,145 kilograms) when given the 3.0 liter TDI engine, and features an aerodynamic drag coefficient of 0.34.
The V6 diesel motor will use a mild hybrid technology, incorporating a 40 volt electric network, a lithium ion battery, and a belt driver alternator starter. This allows the SUV to run with the engine entirely off at speeds of up to 100 miles per hour (160 kilometers per hour), while recovering up to 12 kilowatts during deceleration. This improves fuel consumption by 0.7 liters per 100 kilometers.
The 3.0 liter V6 TDI engine in the Q8 50 TDI variant delivers 286 horsepower (213 kilowatts) and 442 pound feet (600 Newton metres) of torque. The engine is then paired with an eight speed tiptronic automatic transmission and Audi’s Quattro AWD system. In just 6.3 seconds, it can sprint from 0 to 62 miles per hour (0-100 kilometers per hour). This will also be offered in a weaker version of the TDI and a 3.0 TFSI gasoline variant with only 340 horsepower (253 kilowatts).
The Q8 was built in Bratislava, Slovakia, and it will make its market debut in Germany in the third quarter of the year, while US sales won’t happen until next year.