The Audi Q8 flagship SUV is now a smidge extra eco-friendly because of a alternative of plug-in hybrid engines.
- Two Q8 hybrid choices
- Each 3.0-litre V6 petrols
- 381hp and 462hp fashions
- 0-60mph in lower than 6 seconds
- As much as 100mpg (claimed)
- 2.5-hour cost utilizing 7.4kW wall field
- On sale October 2020
- Priced from £73,860
The Audi Q8 Coupe SUV makes a huge impact wherever it goes, however its environmental influence has obtained that little bit smaller because of a alternative of recent plug-in hybrid engines.
Each variations of the Audi Q8 TFSI e quattro are powered by a turbocharged, 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine producing 340hp. The distinction is within the electrical motors. The lower-powered Q8 55 TFSI e quattro produces a complete of 381hp and 600Nm of torque whereas the Q8 60 TFSI e quattro musters a complete of 462hp and 700Nm.
This implies they’re fairly fast: the 55 sprints from 0-62mph in 5.8s, whereas the 60 reaches the mark in 5.4s. Each high out at 149mph – in order that’s greater than you’ll ever want within the UK, then.
Predictably, the much less highly effective 55 is extra environment friendly – Audi says it’ll return 100mpg on the WLTP take a look at cycle and Co2 emissions of 65g/km. The 60 manages round 97mpg WLTP and 66g/km. There’s no distinction between them in EV mode, nevertheless: each can journey for nearly 30 miles utilizing electrical energy alone.
Recharging on the most 7.4kW from an AC wall-box outlet, the batteries are full in 2.5 hours. On the transfer, the engine acts as a generator to recharge the batteries.
The battery that gives this electrical oomph has to go someplace, and Audi’s chosen to tuck it below the boot ground, which implies boot house drops from 605 litres in the usual Q8 to 505 litres. Apart from its smaller load-bay, the one clues that you just’re an eco-conscious Q8 are the charging port flap and a bit ‘TFSI e’ badge on the tailgate.
No Q8 mannequin is brief on equipment and these plug-in hybrid fashions come simply as ram-packed with satnav, Matrix LED headlights, air suspension, a reversing digital camera and loads of driver help/security aids. Each variations are available in S line trim with a sporty wanting bodykit and 21in wheels as customary.
New Audi Q8 hybrid worth and launch date
The brand new Audi Q8 hybrid prices from £73,860 for the Q8 55 TFSI e quattro and £85,760 for the extra highly effective Q8 60 TFSI e quattro. Order books will open later in October.
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