Audi Q8 e-tron, the replacement for the brand’s first electric vehicle

Audi has unveiled the Audi Q8 e-tron, the brand’s top-of-the-range electric SUV.

Most traditional manufacturers in this new electric era have had a vehicle that has been the one that has marked the way forward, the beginning of a new era and the Audi e-Tron has been the case of the German brand that has now presented its replacement, the Audi Q8 e-tron.

The Audi e-Tron has been on the market for around four years and has accumulated a total of 150,000 units sold in that period, which set the stage for the launch of the eight all-electric models that Audi currently has on offer. By 2026, Audi will have 20 electric cars.

Audi has decided to abandon the simple e-tron nomenclature and follow the nomenclature it has adopted for its other electric models, i.e. name its combustion counterpart but add the term e-tron at the end, which indicates that it is a 100% electric version.

This decision to opt for this nomenclature is to identify more easily for new users what type of vehicle it is, as Audi has been keeping these nomenclatures for many years for its models.

Obviously, the new Audi Q8 e-tron and its Q8 Sportback e-tron variant will be identifiable as 100% electric models, and not only by the term e-tron, but also by the new front and rear designs with the characteristic Singleframe mask, or the inverted grille and the redesigned rear diffuser fin. In addition, for those who opt for the Edition S line package, the Singleframe grille will be in the same colour as the body.

Dimensions and dimensions of the Audi Q8 e-tron and Q8 Sportback e-tron

The Audi Q8 e-tron is synonymous with large SUV, the largest SUV Audi and that is evident in the dimensions of the Audi Q8 e-Tron is 4.915 meters long, 1.937 meters wide and 1.633 meters high with a wheelbase of 2.928 meters, offering a large space inside.

On the other hand, the dimensions of the Q8 Sportback e-tron are as follows: 4.915 metres long, 1.937 metres wide and 1.619 metres high (slightly less than the SUV option), while the wheelbase remains the same at 2.928 metres.

The SQ8 e-tron and SQ8 Sportback e-tron variants maintain the aforementioned dimensions but are two millimetres lower and 39 millimetres wider.

The boot of the Audi Q8 e-tron has a capacity of 569 litres while the Q8 Sportback e-tron variant is reduced to 528 litres. Both models have a front luggage compartment (frunk) with a capacity of 62 litres, ideal for backpacks, small suitcases or bags.

Performance, battery and range of the Audi Q8 e-tron

Audi offers a total of three variants, the Audi Q8 50 e-tron and its Sportback variant is the entry-level version and its electric motors generate an output of 250 kW (335 hp) in boost mode and a torque of 664 Nm of torque.

For those who want a little more power, the Audi Q8 55 e-tron and Q8 Sportback 55 e-tron variants are available, with an output of 300 kW (402 hp) and 664 Nm of torque.

Finally, the Audi SQ8 e-tron and SQ8 Sportback e-tron variants are available with a total of three electric motors and a power output of 370 kW (496 hp) and 973 Nm of torque.

In terms of battery options, Audi offers two battery sizes, one of 95 kWh (89 kWh net) which is reserved for the entry-level version (Audi Q8 50 e-tron and Audi Q8 Sportback 50 e-tron). With this battery the range of this version of the Audi Q8 e-tron is 491 kilometres under the WLTP cycle and 505 kilometres for the Sportback option.

The other battery has a capacity of 114 kWh (106 kWh net) and is fitted in both the Audi SQ8 e-tron and the Q8 55 e-tron. The range of the Audi Q8 55 e-tron is up to 582 kilometres under the WLTP cycle and up to 600 kilometres for the Audi Q8 Sportback 55 e-tron.

Finally, the range of the Audi SQ8 e-tron is up to 494 kilometres and up to 513 kilometres for the Sportback variant.

Maximum charging power is 150 kW for the 95 kWh battery and 170 kW for the 114 kWh battery. In alternating current (AC) charging, the maximum power output is 11 kW, with an optional extra of up to 22 kW.

Below you can find a table with a summary of the performance of each of the versions of the Audi Q8 e-tron.

Version Battery Range Power Charging power Price
Audi Q8 50 e-tron 95 kWh 491 km 250 kW (335 hp) 150 kW 84.610€
Audi Q8 Sportback 50 e-tron 95 kWh 505 km 250 kW (335 hp) 150 kW 87.110€
Audi Q8 55 e-tron 114 kWh 582 km 300 kW (402 hp) 170 KW 94.610€
Audi Q8 Sportback 55 e-tron 114 kWh 600 km 300 kW (402 hp) 170 KW 67.610€
Audi SQ8 e-tron 114 kWh 494 km 370 kW (496 hp) 170 KW
Audi SQ8 Sportback e-tron 114 kWh 513 km 370 kW (496 hp) 170 KW

Audi Q8 e-tron launch and pricing

The market launch of the Audi Q8 e-tron and Q8 Sportback e-tron is imminent, the brand has confirmed that it will be available for reservation and purchase in mid-November and deliveries will take place by the end of February 2023. For the United States will have to wait a few more months, it is expected to arrive in late April 2023.

The price of the Audi Q8 e-tron range-entry Audi Q8 will start in Germany at a price of 74,400 euros. Meanwhile, for Spain the price will start from 84,610 euros.

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