The House of the Four Rings expands its range of hybrid cars by presenting the Q8 plug-in in two power variants of 381 and 462 horsepower. Autonomy? Close to 50 km in “full electric”.
After the Q7 destined for the Winter Sports Champions, now it’s the turn of the Q8: the electrification strategy promoted by Audi is continuing at full speed and another SUV with plug-in hybrid technology will soon arrive on the market. As anticipated, this is the top of the Q8 range, which will enter the price list starting from January 2021 with the TFSI E Quattro version, characterized by a 3.0 liter V6 and an integrated permanent magnet synchronous electric motor. There are two power variants, respectively from 381 and 462 horses. Prices? Starting from 83,650 Euros, which will go up to 103,300 Euros for the top of the range in the S Line Plus version… but let’s go in order.
AUDI Q8 TFSI E QUATTRO: FAST, POWERFUL AND ECOLOGICAL
The heart of the new Audi Q8 TFSI E Quattro will therefore be the power unit installed under its bonnet, consisting of a V6 split combustion engine and an electric motor with separation clutch and eight-speed Tiptronic transmission with torque converter. The car will exploit plug-in hybrid technology, which will allow the electrified unit to recover energy during the deceleration and braking phases, which will then be crammed into the batteries to be reused during acceleration and ordinary driving. Furthermore, as the name suggests, this Q8 will also be equipped with a four-wheel drive, which relies on the self-locking center differential for a torque split by default between front and rear according to the 40:60 ratio.
As for the versions, the top-of-the-range SUV from the House of the Four Rings will be offered in the Q8 55 TFSI E Quattro variant, with 381 horsepower and 600 Nm of maximum torque, and in the top-of-the-range Q8 60 TFSI E Quattro variant, which increases the performance output up to 462 horsepower and 700 Nm of torque. Some other data: the electric motor alone will be able to provide 136 horsepower, while the battery will have a maximum capacity of 17.8 kWh for a “full electric” range of 49 and 48 km depending on the version.
Let’s move on to performance: the “entry” variant Q8 55 TFSI E Quattro will reach the maximum speed (self-limited) of 240 km / h, reduced to just 135 km / h when using electric mode. The 0-100 shot, on the other hand, is covered in just 5.8 seconds, while consumption speaks of 2.8 – 3.1 L / 100 km and 63-70 g / km of CO2 emissions. Moving on to the Q8 60 TFSI E Quattro, what changes is basically the time it takes to reach the speed of 100 km / h from standstill, four-tenths less, and the pollutant emissions, which rise to 64-70 g / km.
AUDI Q8 TFSI E QUATTRO: DRIVING MODES AND CHARGING SYSTEMS
Thanks to the presence of plug-in hybrid technology, the new Audi Q8 TFSI E Quattro will basically offer two driving modes: the ” EV “, for an exclusively electric drive, and the ” Hybrid “, which will run the internal combustion engine simultaneously. with the electrified one. The latter is further divided into three other programs, called respectively ” Charge ” (for recharging the battery), ” Hold ” (for energy saving), and ” Auto “, with the latter that will self-manage the entire onboard system through the intervention of the PEA system (Predictive Efficiency Assistant) for predictive management of traction depending on the road surface and the driver’s driving style.
Obviously, there is no shortage of “classic” driving programs made available by Audi Drive Select, which in total are seven: Auto, Comfort, Dynamic, Efficiency, Individual, Allroad and Offroad. As for the charging potential, the energy of the new Audi Q8 TFSI E Quattro can be restored through the 7.4 kW alternating current column, which will provide 100% efficiency in a maximum time of 2.5 hours. (four hours more if you use the plug-in recharge with the 230V domestic socket).
Alternatively, it is possible to take advantage of the monthly paid Audi e-tron Charging Service, which gives the opportunity to access the German charging network which, to date, can count about 180,000 charging stations in 25 European countries. How to use it? All you need to do is have the appropriate card, unique for all suppliers, and register on the MyAudi portal.
AUDI Q8 TFSI E QUATTRO: PRICES AND EQUIPMENT
The new Audi Q8 TFSI E Quattro will arrive in Italy starting from January 2021 in the two power versions of 381 and 462 horsepower divided into three specific configurations: Standard, Sport and S Line Plus. The gateway to the world of SUVs produced by the House of the Four Rings is represented by the original equipment just mentioned, the Standard, available for the Q8 55 TFSI E Quattro with a starting price of 83,650 euros.
The Sport set- up for the same version, on the other hand, will rise to 92,150 Euros and will be able to count on the S Line exterior aesthetic package with Black Pack, total black single frame, 21-inch alloy wheels, red-painted brake calipers, LED optics with Audi Matrix HD technology and LED entrance lights. There is no shortage of Adaptive Air Suspension Sport air suspension, as well as the S Line package for the interior which includes sports front seats with S Line logo on the backrests, headliner in black fabric and matt brushed aluminum inserts. The top-of-the-range variant Q8 60 TFSI E Quattrofinally, it will be offered in the S Line Plus version with an even more refined and captivating aesthetic design, with a starting price in the list of 103,300 Euros.