The new Audi Q8 TFSI e quattro is the brand’s seventh plug-in-hybrid and will be available in the UK in two forms – the Q8 55 TFSI e quattro with a system output of 381 PS and the Q8 Competition 60 TFSI e quattro with 462 PS.
Both models are available in the UK later this month, with the Audi Q8 55 TFSI e quattro priced from £73,860 and the Competition 60 TFSI e quattro priced from £85,760.
The Q8 TFSI e quattro combines V6 TFSI power with an electric motor that enables travel for up to 28 miles under electric power and zero local emissions.
The 3.0 TFSI petrol engine delivers 340PS and peak torque of 450 Nm, with an electric motor with a 100kW output which is integrated in the housing of the eight-speed Tiptronic transmission. The 17.8 kWh lithium-ion battery is installed under the luggage compartment.
There’s an eight-speed Tiptronic transmission and a quattro permanent all-wheel drive system, which distributes 40 per cent of the torque to the front axle and 60 percent to the rear under normal operating conditions; if needed, it can direct the larger share of power to the axle with better traction. Up to 85 percent can be distributed to the front axle and up to 70 percent to the rear.
Audi offers the SUV Coupé in two output levels. Both versions can travel for up to 28 miles driven exclusively by their electric motors, according to the WLTP measurement procedure, and can reach speeds of up to 83mph without combustion engine intervention.
The Q8 Competition 60 TFSI e quattro delivers a total system output of 462PS and system torque of 700 Nm. Its V6 TFSI and electric motor results in acceleration from rest to 62mph in 5.4 seconds and on to an electronically governed top speed of 149mph, and up to 97mpg with CO2 output of 66g/km.
The Q8 55 TFSI e quattro, with its 381PS system output and 600 Nm of system torque, has the potential to return up to 100mpg with CO2 emissions of as little as 65 g/km.
The SUV Coupés start in fully electric “EV” mode. “Hybrid” mode comprises three operating modes: “Auto”, “Hold” and “Charge”.
The Audi drive select system offers a choice of seven driving profiles: comfort, efficiency, auto, dynamic, individual, offroad and allroad.
With a maximum charging capacity of up to 7.4 kW, an empty battery can be fully charged in around two-and-a-half hours.
The myAudi app can pinpoint charging locations along a prescribed route and also highlight those that are available to holders of the e-tron charging service charge card, which is valid at numerous stations operated by a total of 18 UK suppliers and combines simple one-tap charging with convenient one-invoice monthly billing.