Audi has revealed the new Q8, with the German manufacturer claiming the five-seater SUV remains faithful to the styling of the original Q8 Sport Concept first revealed at last year’s Geneva motor show.
The road-going version, which will compete in the premium SUV segment against the likes of the Range Rover Sport, measures 4,986 mm long, 1,995 mm wide and 1,705 mm high, all of which means it sits wider, shorter and lower than its Q7 sister model; however, despite its “coupé styling”, it only achieves a cd value of 0.34, which is not as efficient as the Q7’s 0.32.
Seated on wheels up to 22-inches in diameter, the Q8 also has a wheelbase of almost three metres, which Audi designers claim gives the car an interior space that exceeds that of its direct competitors “in almost all relevant dimensions”. Specifics include a three-seat system in the rear as well as a luggage compartment that holds up to 1,755 litres with the seatbacks folded down.
With a 3.0 TDI under the bonnet, the kerb weight of the new flagship SUV is 2,145 kilograms – and that includes a mild hybrid system complete with lithium-ion battery. Paired with an eight-stage tiptronic transmission, the engine is claimed to generate 282 bhp and delivers 442.5 lb-ft of torque to the crankshaft. It accelerates the large SUV from 0 to 62 mph in 6.3 seconds on its way to a top speed of 144 mph.
The Q8, which is being manufactured at Audi’s Bratislava plant, will officially launch in the UK later on this summer.