Cape Town – Audi's flagship SUV arrived to compete with the BMW X6 and Mercedes-Benz GLC-coupe and starting Ingolstadt should at least win the novelty of the war now, given that its competitors in the wake of their life cycles.
But such novelty and style, if you are in the way it looks, comes at a price – only one model is available in South Africa at the moment in the form of 3-liter turbopetrol badged 55 TFSI, and its price is R1 388 000. 3-liter diesel engine, badged 45 TDI, will be available around the middle of the year, Audi SA tells us.
Gasoline V6, which is available for now well to 250kW, with 500 Nm available from 1370 to 4500 rpm, and this against the clock is said to be in the surge state of 0-100 km / h for 5.9 seconds. The engine is paired with a 48-volt "" mild hybrid electric system which can reduce consumption of 0.7 liters per 100 km. Tiptronic gearbox, suspension damping and Quattro all-wheel-drive, and a & # 39 are part of the deal, and the rear wheel can be ordered as an option, as it can be adaptive air suspension, which allows up to 254 mm ground clearance.
As the name implies, Q8 in the upper part Q Audi range. Measuring five meters in length and two in width, it looks like up to Q7 – and more in fact, than even the Volvo XC90 – but design-wise Q8 gets his groove on with the more muscular, "inspired coupe" design, as well as a new octagonal grid design, which is soon time will be normal to the & # 39; true among Q. range
Inter & # 39; er recalls that a new generation of A6 and A7 models to the digital dashboard and two vertically stacked central touch-screen (upper for infotainment and climate below). The screens are designed black panel that allows them to visually blend into the dashboard when not in use. Q8 is also supplied with a modern voice assistant that can answer queries such as "I'm hungry."
The cabin can be configured in numerous color and material combinations, from Cedar brown, black, gray and Metropolis Beige Valcona upholstery options available for those who are not satisfied with the standard «Cricket leather."
Standard features on the Q8 include MMI Navigation Plus, view of the 23-speaker sound system Bang & Olufsen 3D, four-zone automatic climate control, electrically adjustable front seats, parking sensors, plus a & # 39; volume with 360 degree display, keyless start, cruise -control, panoramic sunroof, HD Matrix LED headlights and 20-inch alloy wheels.
There's still a lot of (expensive) pleasures to be had in the list of options, with subtleties such as head-up display, which includes a lane for navigation, night vision Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control and Active Lane Assist.
As for the styling package, the South African buyers can choose one of three options: S Line Black (featuring glossy black exterior elements), S Line Platinum (with platinum gray theme and red brake calipers) and S Sports Line, its various bits and bobs being Stein brushed aluminum.