Audi Take the Wraps off Their New Flagship Q-Model
A look inside the brand new Audi Q8
Audis Q range has grown exponentially in recent years with the introduction of cars like the Q2, Q3 and also the sportier SQ models. It has all been building up to the launch of their flagship Q model which has just been unleashed to global media - the Q8.
Contrary to what the model name will lead you to believe, the Q8 is actually 65mm shorter than the Q7, and while it may be easy to assume this is built to rival the likes of the Bentley Bentayga in actual fact it is more closely comparable with the Range Rover Sport, Mercedes GLE Coupé and BMW X6. It places itself in the emerging luxury SUV Coupé market.
The front profile of the Q8 is like nothing else currently in the range. The chrome-clad grille is wider than ever before and is flanked by high-quality headlights which look ominous, to say the least.
The side profile of the Q8 features a sloping roofline much like its competitors but a bit less drastic, meaning headroom and legroom isn’t compromised, and Audi fans may also notice one or two styling cues taken from the original Audi Quattro.
At the rear of the car, you’ll see that a single panel horizontally dissects the width of the vehicle and within that panel features the high-tech tail lights, reversing cameras and also the famous 4 rings of the Audi logo.
Practicality-wise, the Q8 is more than comfortable enough for 5 large adults to be transported around, and in the boot, there are a hefty 605 litres of luggage room which extends to 1,755 litres once the rear seats are folded down.
So what will the performance be like? Well, Audi has only confirmed that upon release the Q8 will feature solely a 3.0 TDI diesel engine which doesn’t sound particularly exciting at first, but the V6 unit will put out 286bhp, making the Q8 swift enough to do the 0-60mph run in 6.3 seconds. Better still, there will be a higher powered petrol engine available from early 2019 followed by another diesel engine later on in the year.
It is certainly worth mentioning that a higher-powered model is likely to come in the next few years to compete alongside the BMW X6 M and Mercedes GLE63 AMG models. We’ll have to wait and see.
Naturally, the Audi Q8 uses Audi’s Quattro 4x4 system but, like the A8 saloon, the new Q8 will have 4-wheel steering to ensure smoothness and stability at high speeds and also make the car more manoeuvrable around town. Additionally, every Q8 that comes to the United Kingdom will have Adaptive Air Support suspension, which is electronically adjustable via the driver select modes. These modes have up to 7 settings, suited for a number of driving conditions, which adjust the steering weight and also the suspension strength.
The Q8 will go on sale in the Summer and prices are likely to start around £65,000.