Audi NZ confirms the arrival of new Q8 electric twins
Audi is building on the success of the all-electric Audi e-tron with the introduction of the new Audi Q8 e-tron and SQ8 e-tron Sportback. These new premium electric SUVs will be the first models to feature the brand’s new design, improve efficiency and range and take material recycling to the next level.
Audi promises an “optimized driving concept”, improved aerodynamics, increased charging performance, a large 106 kWh battery and a range of up to 582 km in the SUV version and up to 513 km in the SQ8 e- tron Sportback.
“Since the introduction of the Audi e-tron, Audi has been following a systematic electric roadmap,” said Dean Sheed, managing director of Audi New Zealand.
“The new Audi Q8 e-tron is an evolution of the current Audi e-tron. Its improved efficiency, range and refined design will all play a fundamental role in its success. Like all e-trons in our all-electric offering , there is no doubt that the Audi Q8 e-tron is suitable for everyday use and more,” added Sheed.
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The Audi Q8 e-tron and Q8 e-tron Sportback are immediately identifiable as fully electric models thanks to new front and rear designs that carry Audi’s electric design language. The Audi Q8 e-tron will also be the first model to receive the new corporate identity with a two-dimensional design of the four rings on the exterior, as well as model lettering and the Audi logo on the B-pillar.
Each variant will have its own powertrain with electric all-wheel drive. The Audi Q8 55 e-tron SUV will generate 300 kW in boost mode and 66 Nm of torque while the range-topping Audi SQ8 e-tron Sportback will be powered by three motors totaling 370 kW and 973 Nm of torque in boost mode.
In a high-power DC charging station, the maximum charging performance increases up to 170 kW, which allows the battery to be charged from 10 to 80% in as little as 31 minutes and offers a range of up to 420 km. When at an AC charging station or wallbox, the Audi Q8 e-tron charges up to 11kW (under ideal conditions) taking 11 hours and 30 minutes to reach a full charge. Audi offers an optional AC charging performance of up to 22 kW, where the charging time is 6 hours.
The new Audi Q8 e-tron comes standard with a shock-absorbing air spring suspension and the body height can vary by a total of 76mm, depending on the driving situation. The gear ratio of the revised progressive steering system has been changed so that the steering responds even faster and is supported by stiffer suspension bearings on the front axle.
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 which is then analyzed by the central driver assistance control unit. New is the remote park assist plus where the Audi Q8 e-tron is able to maneuver in the tightest parking spaces. Customers can control the parking procedure via the myAudi app on their smartphone.
The panoramic glass roof lets more light into the cabin and enhances the feeling of spaciousness and space, while an integrated wind deflector reduces wind noise when the roof is open.
As part of the Plastic Loop project, Audi has worked with plastics manufacturer LyondellBasell to establish a process in which chemical recycling will be used for the first time to reuse mixed automotive plastic waste in the mass production of the Q8’s plastic covers. e-tron seat belt buckles.
Audi also uses recycled materials for insulation and cushioning, as well as for carpeting. Additionally, the decorative inlay above the display, called Tech Layer, comes with a new material partially made from recycled PET bottles.
The new Audi Q8 e-tron and Audi SQ8 e-tron Sportback are expected to arrive in New Zealand during the second quarter of 2023. Final pricing and specifications will be released closer to the local launch.