Audi is expanding the range of the Q8 in Europe by adding a pair of new engine options to the existing range.
Customers in Europe had a single -diesel- engine option to choose so far for the Audi Q8 but that’s no longer the case; Audi is now adding the 55 TFSI petrol model into the range, featuring a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 with 335hp (340PS) and 369lb-ft (500Nm) of torque. Audi claims a 0-62mph (100km/h) in 5.9 seconds and a top speed that’s electronically limited to 155mph (250km/h).
The second new engine option is a derivative of the existing 3.0-liter V6 diesel engine; dubbed the 45 TDI, it produces 228hp (231PS) and 369lb-ft (500Nm) of torque that’s offered between 1,750rpm and 3,250rpm. 0-62mph (100km/h) comes in 7.1 seconds, while top speed is 144mph (233km/h).
All engines in the new Audi Q8’s range are combined with a mild hybrid system that can reduce fuel consumption by up to 0.7 lt/100km in real-life conditions. Audi’s hybrid system consists of a 48-volt electrical architecture, a lithium-ion battery and a belt alternator starter (BAS) that can recover up to 12kW of energy.
This means that the new Audi Q8 is able to coast at speeds between 34mph and 99mph (55km/h to 160km/h) with the engine switched off for up to 40 seconds when the driver lets off the gas pedal.
So far the only existing model in Europe was the Audi Q8 50 TDI, featuring a 3.0-liter V6 TDI with 281hp (286PS) and 442lb-ft (600Nm) of torque. 0-62mph (100km/h) comes in 6.3 seconds while flat out, it’ll do 152mph (245km/h).
All versions of the Audi Q8 come with an eight-speed automatic transmission and Quattro all-wheel drive. Audi has opened the order books for the new variants of the Q8 now.