Audi introduces Q8 e-tron; improved effectivity and vary; base worth in Germany €74,400


Audi launched its flagship electrical SUV e-tron in 2018. The brand new Audi Q8 e-tron builds on the success of that electrical pioneer (gross sales of some 150,000 models) with an optimized drive idea, improved aerodynamics, greater charging efficiency, and battery capability and elevated vary of as much as 582 kilometers (362 miles) within the SUV model (WLTP) and as much as 600 kilometers (373 miles) within the Sportback model (WLTP). Vital adjustments, particularly on the entrance of the automobile, lend the brand new flagship SUV a more energizing look.

With a automobile size of 4.915 meters, a width of 1.937 meters, and a top of 1.619 meters for the Sportback and 1.633 meters for the SUV, the Q8 e-tron presents a most quantity of house and luxury. The SQ8 e-tron and SQ8 Sportback e-tron are every two millimeters decrease and 39 millimeters wider. Its wheelbase of two.928 meters permits for lots of legroom within the again seats too. It has a storage quantity of 569 liters for the SUV and 528 liters for the Sportback. There are additionally 62 liters obtainable within the frunk.


Audi SQ8 Sportback e-tron quattro, Audi Q8 e-tron quattro

For each physique shapes, three drivetrain variants with electrical all-wheel drive might be chosen.

  • With their two motors, the bottom fashions of the Audi Q8 50 e-tron and the Audi Q8 Sportback 50 e-tron generate 250 kW in increase mode and 664 N·m of torque, they usually get a variety of as much as 491 km (305 miles) (SUV) and as much as 505 km (314 miles) (Sportback), in accordance with the WLTP.

  • With their two motors, the Audi Q8 55 e-tron and Audi Q8 Sportback 55 e-tron generate 300 kW in increase mode and 664 N·m of torque. Their ranges are as much as 582 km (362 miles) for the SUV and as much as 600 km (373 miles) for the Sportback, in accordance with the WLTP. Their prime pace, and that of the Q8 50 e-tron, is restricted to 200 km/h.

  • The highest-end Audi SQ8 e-tron and Audi SQ8 Sportback e-tron are powered by three motors. Their increase efficiency quantities to 370 kW and 973 N·m of torque. The vary of the S fashions is as much as 494 km (307 miles) for the SUV and as much as 513 km (319 miles) for the Sportback. Their prime pace is restricted to 210 km/h.

Two battery sizes might be chosen. The battery of the Q8 50 e-tron has a storage capability of 89 web kWh (95 gross kWh), whereas the extra highly effective variations of the Q8 55 e-tron and SQ8 e-tron have 106 web kWh (114 gross kWh). As a consequence of an adjustment to the battery administration system, the battery capability usable for patrons has elevated as properly.

At a high-powered charging station, the Audi Q8 50 e-tron reaches a most charging efficiency of 150 kW. With the Q8 55 e-tron and SQ8 e-tron, the utmost charging efficiency will increase to as much as 170 kW. The large battery might be charged from ten to 80% throughout a roughly 31-minute charging cease; underneath ultimate situations, this corresponds to a variety of as much as 420 kilometers (based on WLTP). At an AC charging station or wallbox, the Audi Q8 e-tron fees at as much as 11 kW. Audi presents an elective AC charging efficiency of as much as 22 kW.

Underneath ultimate situations, the Audi Q8 50 e-tron can fully cost in round 9 hours and quarter-hour (22kW: round 4 hours and 45 minutes) utilizing alternating present. The large battery’s numbers are round 11 hours and half-hour at 11 kW and 6 hours at 22 kW.

The Audi Q8 e-tron comes customary with the Plug & Cost operate. At suitable charging stations, the automobile authorizes itself when inserting the charging cable and prompts the charging level. Billing occurs robotically. The brand new charging service Audi charging, which is ready to launch in 2023 and can sooner or later change the prevailing e-tron Charging Service, will permit for handy entry to round 400,000 public charging factors throughout Europe. The e-tron route planner gives dependable assist when looking for charging factors alongside your route.

Revised rear-axle motor and electrical torque vectoring for higher dynamics. For the brand new Audi Q8 e-tron, the asynchronous motor idea on the rear axle was modified. As a substitute of 12 coils producing the electromagnetic area, there are actually 14. The motor consequently generates a stronger magnetic area with comparable electrical energy enter, which in flip permits for extra torque. If this isn’t wanted, the electrical motor requires much less power to generate torque. This lowers consumption and will increase vary. With the e-tron vary’s S mannequin, Audi used a three-motor idea for the primary time in large-scale manufacturing.

This was refined for the brand new SQ8 e-tron. A 124-kW electrical motor is at work on the entrance axle. On the rear axle, there are two electrical motors every with 98 kW of output that every individually energy a rear wheel. This permits for a lift efficiency of as much as 370 kW. The drive torque might be distributed throughout each rear electrical motors between each wheels inside a break up second.

Suspension. The brand new Audi Q8 e-tron comes customary with an air-spring suspension with managed shock absorption. The peak of the automobile physique might be different by a complete of 76 millimeters (3 inches), relying on the driving scenario. To optimize the lateral dynamics of the automobile, its air-spring tuning was adjusted.

Furthermore, its digital stability management (ESC) will permit for much more maneuverability sooner or later—particularly in tight corners. The Audi Q8 e-tron handles these with noticeably extra agility due to its revised progressive steering.

The gear ratio of the steering system was modified in order that the steering responds way more shortly, even when making delicate steering actions. The impact of the direct steering ratio is supported by extra inflexible suspension bearings on the entrance axle. Steering actions are thus transmitted to the wheels extra straight, and suggestions from steering reactions is improved as properly. All of the chassis management methods had been adjusted, however they continue to be balanced and completely attuned.

Additional improved aerodynamics. With the Audi Q8 e-tron, aerodynamics was a prime precedence. This resulted in a discount of the drag coefficient from 0.26 to 0.24 cw for the Q8 Sportback e-tron and from 0.28 to 0.27 cw for the Q8 e-tron. The wheel spoilers mounted on the underbody assist divert airflow across the wheels. The spoilers on the entrance axle had been enlarged, and the Audi Q8 Sportback e-tron now has spoilers on the rear wheels as properly. With the SQ8 Sportback e-tron, spoilers are solely mounted on the rear axle. Within the space across the grille, that is the primary time an Audi mannequin has had a self-sealing system along with the electrical shutters that robotically shut the radiator. This technique additional optimizes the airflow on the entrance of the automobile and prevents undesired losses.

Handy parking with distant park help plus. There are round 40 driver help methods obtainable within the Audi Q8 e-tron. As much as 5 radar sensors, 5 cameras and 12 ultrasonic sensors present environmental data that’s then analyzed by the central driver help management unit. New is distant park help plus, which shall be obtainable to order beginning in 2023.

With its assist, the Audi Q8 e-tron can maneuver into even the tightest parking areas. Clients can management the parking process by way of the myAudi app on their smartphones. When the automobile reaches its ultimate place within the parking house, it robotically switches off, places on the parking brake, and locks the doorways. To depart the parking house, the motor is powered on by way of the myAudi app, then the automobile maneuvers out sufficient for snug entry.

Recycled supplies. The Audi Q8 e-tron shall be licensed as net-carbon-neutral for patrons in Europe and the USA. Audi additionally makes use of recycled supplies for some parts within the Audi Q8 e-tron. These supplies, handled by way of a recycling course of, scale back the quantity of sources used and guarantee a closed, environment friendly and sustainable materials loop.

Within the inside of the Audi Q8 e-tron, Audi makes use of recycled supplies for insulation and damping, in addition to for carpeting. The ornamental inlay above the show, referred to as the Tech Layer, is offered with a brand new anthracite-colored technical materials that’s partially composed of recycled PET bottles. With the S line gear bundle, the game seats are upholstered in artificial leather-based and the microfiber materials Dinamica. Dinamica is constructed from as much as 45% polyester fibers which might be manufactured from recycled PET bottles, used textiles and fiber residue. In distinction to earlier microfiber high quality, the manufacturing of Dinamica can also be solvent-free.

Moreover, some safety-related parts that partially comprise combined automotive plastic waste handled by way of a chemical recycling course of are used for the primary time—particularly, the plastic covers for the seatbelt buckles. As a part of the PlasticLoop mission, Audi labored with the plastics producer LyondellBasell to ascertain a course of by which chemical recycling shall be used for the primary time to reuse combined automotive plastic waste within the collection manufacturing of the Audi Q8 e-tron.

On this course of, collectively carried out with LyondellBasell, plastic parts from buyer automobiles that may now not be repaired are dismantled and separated from overseas supplies similar to steel clips earlier than being shredded and processed into pyrolysis oil by way of chemical recycling. This pyrolysis oil is then used as a uncooked materials within the manufacturing of recent plastics in a mass-balance strategy.

Market launch in spring 2023. The market launch of the brand new Audi Q8 e-tron and Audi Q8 Sportback e-tron, which shall be obtainable to order beginning in mid-November, is deliberate to occur on the finish of February 2023 in Germany and an important European markets. Within the US, the mannequin is predicted to come back to the market on the finish of April. The bottom worth for the Audi Q8 e-tron in Germany shall be €74,400.


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