The production variation of the Audi Q8 has been found almost completely undisguised before it goes on sale later on in 2018. The Q8 is the stylish bro to the more-practical Q7 and a high-tech alternative to the likes of BMW X6 and Mercedes GLE Coupe.
2018 Audi Q8 Styling
From the front, the spy shots show us a face that’s more restrained than the open mouth of the Q8 principle. However, Audi’s signature octagonal grille is larger than ever and apparently pushes the lights and different air vents to the sides of the Q8’s front end in a quote to make itself a lot more prominent. Around the side, you probably wont spot that the Q8 has the very same wheelbase (space between the front and rear wheels) as the Q7, however you will identify the rakish roof that makes the large Q8 look a bit like a massive grand-tourer.
In the back, there is still some camouflage around the rear lights, however it’s safe to assume that they will follow the same reasoning as those in the latest A7 and A8, indicating a long LED strip spanning the rear. Regrettably, the spy shots also expose fake plastic exhaust trims fitted to the bottom of the bumper.
2018 Audi Q8 Interior
There haven’t been main pictures of the production car’s interior but if the concept (imagined above) and the fact Audi considers the Q8 on the very same flagship level as the A8 are anything to go by, then it’s simple to hypothesize the Q8 will have a cockpit that’s heavily inspired by the A8’s cabin. That means not one but three digital screens– one for the infotainment, as usual, one replacing the dials behind the guiding wheel with the most recent variation of Audi’s Virtual Cockpit and a third screen for the environment controls. The third screen has haptic feedback which needs to make using it more instinctive when you’re on the move, however it’s actually a little a faff to utilize in the A8.
The Q8’s sloping roofline implies that– unlike the Q7– it’ll only be readily available as a 5 seater, and will likely have plenty of room for two grownups in the back. Audi is positive that the elegant roofline hasn’t had an enormous result on the boot size, and the production model should have a capacity much like 630 litres with the seats up– the capacity provided for the Q8 Concept. For contrast, the Q7 can hold 770 litres with five seats up.
2018 Audi Q8 Engines and Driving
Once on sale, the Q8 will be offered with a series of gas, diesel and hybrid engines, most likely brand-new versions of Audi’s 3.0-litre V6 diesel and 4.0-litre V8 gas engines. From launch, however, the Q8 may just be available with a 3.0-litre V6 petrol-electric hybrid system that’s been co-developed with Porsche. Expect power for the hybrid Q8 e-tron to be around 443hp and the 0-62mph sprint should take around 5.5 seconds. If that sounds slow for a 2,000 kg SUV, a more powerful 470hp SQ8 variation will be offered later, using the engine from the SQ7. An RS Q8 hasn’t been validated but may utilize a variation of Audi’s 4.0-litre petrol V8 with upwards of 600hp.
Despite the effective engines, the Q8 will be tailored to convenience and fast range covering instead of beating any lap times– the latter being delegated the mechanically similar Lamborghini Urus. The Audi Q8 will be geared up as basic with an automated gearbox and quattro all-wheel drive, so it should be simple to drive in a range of climates or weather conditions. Adaptive air suspension will soften the blow of rough roadways and for optimum relaxation, you can just sit back and let the self-governing driving assistant take over. So the Q8 will have a high-tech cabin, cutting edge engine tech and the latest self-driving technology but will the prices be through the roofing system?
2018 Audi Q8 Price and Release Date
The Audi Q8 will be built alongside the Q7 in Bratislava, Slovenia. Production is set to start in 2018 so initially consumers must get their Q8s at the end of the exact same year. Anticipate the most inexpensive versions to be priced from ₤ 60,000 for a 3.0-litre diesel whereas stylish SQ8 models will opt for around ₤ 80,000.