Audi has expanded the Q8 coupe crossover choices. From now on, this luxury SUV can be purchased with one of two new engines – a petrol/gasoline 3.0 TFSI and a diesel 3.0 TDI.
A new Audi Q8 55 TFSI version is equipped with a 3.0-liter 6-cylinder 340-hp engine delivering 500Nm (368.8 lb-ft) of torque. The claimed 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) acceleration time is 5.9 seconds.
The average fuel consumption is 9.1 – 8.9 liters, carbon dioxide emissions – 207-202 g/km.
The Audi Q8 45 TDI with a 3.0-liter diesel motor accelerates in 7.1 seconds. The engine develops up to 231hp and 500 Nm (368.8 lb-ft) of torque.
Here, fuel consumption averages 6.7–6.4 liters per 100 km, CO2 exhaust is 176–169 g/km.
Any of the engines combines with the quattro all-wheel drive and 8-speed tiptronic automatic transmission.
All Q8 engines are paired with a mild-hybrid system, which is said to save up to 0.7 l/100km.
A few words about this system. In short, it comprises a lithium-ion battery and a belt alternator starter (BAS). Power is supplied by a 48-volt electrical system.
When braking, BAS allows generating up to 12kW of energy and battery charging. At speeds from 55 to 160 km/h (34.2 and 99.4 mph), the Q8 can drive for up to 40 seconds with the engine off when the driver releases the accelerator. Then BAS restarts the motor quickly and very smoothly. Start/Stop mode can be activated at a speed of 22 km/h (13.7 mph).
Now about the prices. The Audi Q8 55 TFSI cost from €76,300, and the Audi Q8 45 TDI – from €73,300 in Germany.