2019 Audi Q8 Arrives In The US With A Single Engine Option And Lots Of Attitude

The time has come for the new 2019 Audi Q8, the company’s new SUV flagship to hit the US market.

Customers in the US will be offered one engine option in the Q8’s launch phase, meaning a new turbocharged 3.0-liter TFSI V6 unit with 335hp and 369lb-ft of torque, paired to a mild hybrid setup. The engine comes with an eight-speed automatic transmission and sends its power to the Quattro all-wheel drive system.

Audi says the engine is new, featuring its twin-scroll turbocharger within the vee and having a revised valvelift system for better response and performance. The mild-hybrid system runs through a 48-volt electrical architecture and includes a 10Ah battery and a belt alternator starter.

The Quattro all-wheel drive system features a torque split of 40:60, front to rear. The official 0-60mph figure is set at 5.6 seconds.

The new Q8 wants to become the more exciting brother of the Q7 in Audi’s range and not by just looking at it; the chassis rides on an adaptive suspension as standard, with an air suspension and all-wheel steering being optional. Add to that the rear-biased Quattro and the better maneuverability, and the end result should be a sporty, yet refined and luxurious SUV.

Audi USA will offer for the 2019MY an optional Year One package, which includes 22-inch Audi Sport anthracite alloy wheels, a black optic exterior kit with roof rails and a black Singleframe grille, S-line bumpers, red brake calipers and more.

All Audi Q8s will come with standard features like LED lights with dynamic turn signals, a three-zone automatic climate control, a panoramic sunroof, the 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, leather upholstery, front heated eight-way powered front seats and more. The MMI Touch Response is also offered as standard, featuring a 10.1-inch upper display for the infotainment and a 8.6-inch lower display for the climate and other functions.

Pricing for the 2019 Audi Q8 starts from $68,395 for the base Premium model (including a $995 destination fee). Next up in the range we find the Premium Plus model, which starts from $72,395 while sitting at the top of the range is the Prestige model, asking from $77,545.

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  • Finkployd

    Bold design, but I’d rather be seen driving an EQC than this; it’s just trying too hard

  • TheBelltower

    The front is very messy and un-Audilike. But otherwise very nice.

  • Belthronding

    that car is growing on me,looks really good.

  • Bo Hanan

    It actually looks better in darker colors. Grille included.

  • Matthew Boyd

    Wow…and not that expensive either.

    • lagunas3ca

      Not when you compare it to the base Porsche Cayenne that is $1,645 less.

      • botornot387

        While the Cayenne might start at a slightly lower price, it doesn’t have anywhere near as standard equipment or the mild hybrid drivetrain from the get go. So in all actuality, this is still getting you more apples to apples.

        • lagunas3ca

          Anywhere near as standard equipment? It has rear-wheel steering and shares the same interior as the Panamera… and you want to talk about hybrid? Any Porsche customer interested in any hybrid capability whatsoever would opt for the Cayenne E-Hybrid which smokes either of these two and is only $3,405 more than the Prestige model Q8. I don’t know if you’re familiar with the Porsche 918 Spyder but the Cayenne E-Hybrid shares the same magnet e-motor as the one specifically developed for that.

  • Big Black Duck

    this looks pretty bad a$$

  • Wandering_Spirit

    The world is changing. Audi is making actually cars wtih some personality. I like it.

  • Honda NSX-R

    Looks great in that color

  • Sam Curtis III

    Gas guzzler for sure…..pass

    • botornot387

      LOL, different strokes for different folks. Nobody is buying this for its outright green appeal, and it is actually rated towards the top of its class for fuel consumption.

  • Rocket

    The Black Optics package definitely improves the styling. Better looking or not, the touchscreen center stack would be a deal-breaker for me. I thought Audi was above such gimmicks.

  • Finkployd

    Design wise I agree, this is more interesting, but as it’s not mardi gras every single day, I’d rather have something less flashy for my daily commute. see what I mean ?

  • Enter Ranting

    Cheap and vulgar, inside and out.


    So, this is the Touareg we’re getting in the US? Got it.

    • Matthew Boyd

      Lol! No it’s the Lamborghini Urus/Bentley Bentayga/ Porsche Cayenne were getting in the U.S. silly.

  • botornot387

    Ill take the year one exactly like the picture in blue. HOT!

  • ksegg

    We need a 16 seat Q25.

  • sidewaysspin

    Dynamic turn signals just makes it look like the lights are slow to turn off and on.

  • Yishay

    I want one

  • Philip George

    Boring and typical of Audi, as usual. Even Quattro can’t do enough to hide the fact Audis are front wheel drive architecture. 40:60 front-rear bias? It’s amazing how Audi convinces their buyers their cars are “premium” when they can’t even enjoy the joys and fun of having 100% power and grunt sent to the rear wheels. The fews times Porsche rents/licences their rear wheel drive tech to Audi for use on RS models has come to an end as Porsche have signalled they’re no longer interested in helping them. Audi won’t be able to hang with the real premium car companies pretty soon. It was only a matter of time.

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