Audi Q8 TFSIe launched with the plug-in hybrid variant, which is available in two versions and offers up to 29 miles (47 km) of EV range, in select European markets.
Both the Q8 55 TFSIe Quattro and the 60 TFSIe Quattro use Audi’s 3.0-liter TFSI V6 engine paired to an electric motor that’s integrated into the eight-speed automatic transmission.
Both use a powertrain that consists of two power units. The combustion engine is a 3.0-liter turbocharged TFSI V6 with 340 hp (250 kW) and 332 lb-ft (450 Nm) of torque. The unit meets Europe’s latest Euro 6 AP emissions standards and is supported by a permanently excited synchronous machine (PSM) electric motor and a 17.8-kWh lithium-ion battery pack.
Speaking of the battery, this is a new-generation package that has a 0.5 kWh larger capacity than its predecessor and is 88 pounds (40 kilograms) lighter. The previous version was introduced with the Q7 TFSIe Quattro, which is now also fitted with the battery of the latest generation.
Back to the newest plug-in hybrid addition to Audi’s lineup, it’ll come in two power outputs that differ in terms of their boost strategy. The more powerful Q8 60 TFSI E Quattro has 462 hp (340 kW) and 516 lb-ft (700 Nm) of torque, good for a 0 to 62 miles per hour (0-100 kilometers per hour) acceleration in 5.4 seconds. The Q8 55 TFSIe Quattro has 381 hp (280 kW) and 443 lb-ft (600 Nm) of system torque and is 0.4 seconds slower in the 0-62 mph (0-100 kph) sprint.
Both models can reach a top speed of 84 mph (135 km/h) in pure EV mode and retain the mechanical Quattro all-wheel-drive system unchanged over their ICE-powered siblings. The 0-62 mph (100 km/h) sprint is a matter of 5.8 seconds in the case of the 55 TFSIe and 5.4 seconds for the more powerful 60 TFSIe, with top speed set at 150 mph (240 km/h) in both cases.
The more expensive and more powerful version gets the S line exterior package as standard, as well as LED headlights, adaptive air suspension sport, and 21-inch wheels.
Charging the battery of the new Audi Q8 TFSIe can take as little as two-and-half hours at the maximum charging capacity of up to 7.4 kW.
Audi has now opened the order books for the new Q8 55 TFSIe and 60 TFSIe, with prices starting from €75,351 in Germany and from £73,860 in the UK.