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News The Audi Q8 TFSI e quattro: The Plug-In Q8

The Audi Q8 TFSI e quattro: The Plug-In Q8

Two output levels make the new Audi Q8 TFSI e quattro unique among PHEV offerings

  • This is the latest addition to the Audi Q8 family.

  • Its maximum EV range is of NEDC 59 km.

  • There are two versions of the Q8 TFSI e quattro.

The new Audi Q8 SUV has made quite a name for itself since it launched a little over a year ago. While its styling certainly is unique, it’s the ultra-high performance RS Q8 that impressed as it’s one of the fastest SUVs on the planet. For this round of new Q8 versions, Audi introduces two iterations of the Q8 TFSI e quattro PHEV.

Both the Q8 55 TFSI e quattro and the Q8 60 TFSI e quattro are powered by the turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 and an electric motor which sends their combined output to an 8-speed automatic transmission. Power is sent to the quattro permanent all-wheel drive system with a center differential that typically distributes 40% of the torque to the front axle and 60% to the rear. The battery is a 17.8 kWh unit.

2021 Audi Q8 TFSI e quattro | Photo: Audi

The Q8 55 TFSI e produces 280 kW (381 PS) and 600 Nm (442.5 lb.-ft.) of system torque. It reaches 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 5.8 seconds, and its top speed is of 240 km/h (149.1 mph). The maximum EV range is of 59 km (36.7 mi) in the NEDC and up to 47 km (29.2 mi) in the WLTP. The Q8 60 TFSI e is endowed with 340 kW (462 PS) and all of 700 Nm (516.3 lb.-ft.) of torque. Acceleration times to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) is of only 5.4 seconds. The 60’s range drops mildly to 56 km and 45 km respectively.

The new Audi Q8 TFSI e quattro features numerous drive modes for intelligent and efficient hybrid powertrain management, as well as regenerative braking. Pre-sales for Europe begin now and the SUV is priced from roughly EUR 75,000.

2021 Audi Q8 TFSI e quattro | Photo: Audi

2021 Audi Q8 TFSI e quattro | Photo: Audi

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