Audi reveals the new Q8 e-tron with improved efficiency and range.
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Audi reveals the new Q8 e-tron with improved efficiency and range.

The new Audi Q8 e-tron will come with improved aerodynamics, higher battery capacity, and an increased range of up to 582 km in the SUV version and up to 600 km in the Sportback version.

Audi has revealed its new and top-of-the-line electric SUV, the Q8 e-tron. The new Q8 e-tron will come with an optimized drive concept, improved aerodynamics, higher charging performance and battery capacity, and an increased range of up to 582 kilometers in the SUV version and up to 600 kilometers in the Sportback version.

The Audi Q8 e-tron will be available in three drivetrain variants. The base models, called the Q8 50 e-tron and the Q8 Sportback 50, will come with dual motors and generate 250 kW in boost mode and 664 Nm of torque. They get a range of up to 491 km (SUV) and up to 505 km (Sportback), in accordance with the WLTP.

The second variant, Audi Q8 55, and Q8 Sportback 55 e-tron, also have two motors, and they generate 300 kW in boost mode and 664 Nm of torque. Their ranges are up to 582 km for the SUV and up to 600 km for the Sportback. Their top speed, and that of the Q8 50, is limited to 200 km/h.

The top variant, Audi SQ8, and SQ8 Sportback e-tron are powered by three motors. Their boost performance amounts to 370 kW and 973 Nm of torque. The range of the S models is up to 494 km for the SUV and up to 513 km for the Sportback. Their top speed is limited to 210 km/h.

The Q8 50 has a battery capacity of 89 net kWh (95 gross kWh), while the more powerful versions of the Q8 55 and SQ8 have 106 net kWh (114 gross kWh). The Q8 50 supports a maximum charging of 150 kW, and the Q8 55 and SQ8 support up to 170 kW of fast charging.

Audi has also improved the aerodynamics of the car. The new Q8 e-tron has a 0.24 cw drag coefficient for the Sportback and 0.27 cw for the SUV.

There are around 40 driver assistance systems available in the Audi Q8 e-tron. Up to five radar sensors, five cameras, and 12 ultrasonic sensors provide environmental information that’s then analyzed by the central driver assistance control unit.

Something new is remote park assist plus, which will be available to order starting in 2023. With its help, the car can maneuver into even the tightest parking spaces. Customers can control the parking procedure through the myAudi app on their smartphones. When the car reaches its final position in the parking space, it automatically switches off, puts on the parking brake, and locks the doors. To leave the parking space, the motor is powered on through the myAudi app, then the vehicle maneuvers out enough for comfortable entry.

The market launch of the new Audi Q8 e-tron and Q8 Sportback e-tron, is planned to happen at the end of February 2023 in Germany and the most important European markets. In the USA, the model is expected to come to the market at the end of April. The base price for the Audi Q8 e-tron in Germany will be 74,400 euros. It will be available to order starting in mid-November.

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