Audi Q8 – luxury Q range flagship unveiled

Added: 06 June 2018

The striking new Audi model with coupé styling will open for ordering in the UK later this summer. It will launch with a six-cylinder 50 TDI 286 PS engine and will be capable of accelerating from 0 to 62mph in just 6.3 seconds and achieving a top speed of 144mph.

The exterior design of the model includes features reminiscent of the original Audi quattro, and an octagonal Singleframe grille reveals the new face of the Q family.

The S line will come with HD matrix lights, 21-inch alloy wheels and ‘adaptive air sport suspension’ as standard.

The top-of-the-range Vorsprung edition, due shortly after launch, will include Valcona leather, dynamic all-wheel steering, 22-inch alloy wheels, head up display and a full leather package as standard.

The model includes two touch-operated screens (10.1 inch upper and 8.6 inch lower screens in the centre console) and high-tech navigation.

Q8 - touch screen ()

Get to know the Audi Q8

  • Permanent quattro all-wheel drive
  • 3.0-litre TDI engine with 48-volt mild hybrid (MHEV) technology
  • Eight-speed tiptronic gearbox with fast and smooth gear changes
  • Ground clearance of up to 254mm (with the standard fit active air suspension)
  • Length 4,986mm (66mm shorter than the Q7)
  • Width 1,995mm (27mm wider than the Q7)
  • Height 1,705mm (coupé style roofline 36mm lower than the Q7)
Q8 - rear shot ()
  • Kerb weight 2,145 kg
  • Frontal area of 2.84m2 and a cd value of 0.34 ensures relatively low drag
  • Luggage compartment 605 litres (1,755 litres with the rear seat backrests folded down)
  • Electric tailgate as standard
  • Integrated light strip extending between the rear lights accentuates the width of the model and is a feature of Audi’s top models
  • Distinctive rear diffuser has four vertical fins and an integrated tailpipe trim on each side
  • Each headlight has 24 separate LEDs
Q8 - side view ()
  • Choice of 12 exterior colours, including dragon orange (shown in pictures) and galaxy blue
  • Full body paint finish is standard with matt grey elements on S line and titanium black on the Vorsprung edition
  • All-wheel steering (standard on the Vorsprung edition) turns the rear wheels by up to five degrees; at slow speed the wheels steer in the opposite direction to the front wheels, reducing the turning circle by a metre. At high speed they steer in the same direction as the front axle
  • A smaller three-litre diesel with 231PS (Q8 45 TDI) and a 3.0 TFSI petrol-engine car with 340PS (Q8 55 TFSI) will follow early next year
  • Interior styling is simple and clean with several colour choices
Q8 - interior from outside ()
  • MMI navigation plus with MMI Touch also includes Audi virtual cockpit as standard  (high-resolution 12.3-inch display)
  • Driver assistance packages include:
    • Tour assist
    • City assist
    • Park assist (Not available from launch)
    • Trailer assist
  • Central driver assistance controller – standard on Q8 – is the foundation for all driver assistance packages and includes up to five radar sensors, five cameras, 12 ultrasound sensors and a laser scanner
  • Built in the Bratislava plant, Czech Republic