The flagship crossover Audi Q8 has an all-electric version of the e-tron. But this is not a new model, but a restyling product of the Audi e-tron electric crossover, which has been in production for four years and managed to sell 150,000 copies.
With the update, the electric car received a new false radiator grille with large honeycombs and bumpers. Due to the latter, the overall length increased from 4901 to 4915 mm. Body width is 1937 mm (+2 mm), height – 1633 mm (+4 mm). As before, the model will also be available in the Sporback coupe version.
The changes helped to reduce aerodynamic drag: for the crossover, the Cx coefficient decreased from 0.28 to 0.27, and for the sportback, from 0.26 to 0.24. At the same time, the petrol Audi Q8 is noticeably larger (4986 x 1995 x 1705 mm).
The base version of the Q8 50 e-tron has two electric motors (one on each axle) with a peak output of 250 kW (334 hp) and 664 Nm (in boost mode). The more efficient version of the Q8 55 e-tron produces 300 kW (408 hp) and the same 664 Nm, but it has a larger useful capacity of the traction battery – 106 kWh instead of 89.
The range of the base model is 491 km (505 km for the more streamlined Sportback), while the Q8 55 e-tron can travel 582 km and 600 km, respectively, on a single charge. Top speed is limited to 200 km/h.
Crossover Audi Q8 e-tron
Modification e-tron S after restyling turned into SQ8 e-tron. The installation of three electric motors (124 kW on the front axle and a motor on the rear wheels with a power of 98 kW each) produces 370 kW (503 hp) and 973 Nm in boost mode. Acceleration to “hundreds” takes 4.5 seconds, and the electronic limiter has been moved to 210 km / h. The traction battery of the Q8 55 e-tron and SQ8 e-tron versions is the same, but the range of the heavier and more powerful top version is lower: 494 and 513 km, respectively.
Salon has not changed much. The main innovation – sound insulation and field cover are now made from recycled materials. When ordering the combination trim, seat centers will be upholstered in Dinamica microfiber, made from 45% polyester from recycled PET bottles
Cross-coupe Audi Q8 e-tron Sportback
The updated electric cars will appear in the brand’s configurators on November 14, but the starting prices are already known: without options, the Audi Q8 50 e-tron crossover will be available for 74.4 thousand euros. That is, now it is the most affordable Q8, because for the gasoline version of 55 TFSI quattro (340 hp, 500 Nm), the Germans are asking for at least 81.4 thousand euros.
Audi dealers in major European markets will have the first Q8 e-tron at the end of February. Americans electric Q8 will have to wait until the end of April.
Audi SQ8 e-tron