Audi introduced a hybrid version of the Audi Q8 SUVOctober 13, 2020
The German automaker has completed the electrification of its lineup with the launch of a rechargeable version of the Q8 crossover with the TFSI e quattro attachment.
The new model closes the last gap in the Q8 range and provides an innovative combination of efficiency and power. The crossover coupe is available in two versions: the Q8 55 TFSI e quattro develops 381 hp, while the Q8 60 TFSI e quattro produces about 462 hp.
The hybrid version of the Audi Q8 is the seventh plug-in hybrid model to go on sale. Like any plug-in hybrid, the Audi Q8 TFSI e quattro combines the power of an environmentally friendly power plant with a traditional internal combustion engine. Its 3.0 TFSI internal combustion engine develops 340 hp. and a torque of 450 Nm. The V6 meets the latest Euro 6 AP emission standard. The electric motor is a permanently excited synchronous unit (PSM) with a peak power of 100 kW. The compact electric motor is integrated into the housing of the eight-speed tiptronic gearbox. Together with the clutch that connects the 3.0 TFSI to the transmission, it forms a so-called hybrid module.
The lithium-ion battery is installed under the trunk. It contains 104 cells of the latest generation, which are combined into 13 modules. Each of these cells with a flexible outer shell provides an electrical capacity of 48 A / h, and the battery system has an energy capacity of 17.8 kW / h. That’s 0.5 kWh more than the battery with which the Q7 TFSI e quattro began deliveries back in 2019. The Q7 is now also equipped with the latest generation battery, which has increased capacity and is also more compact and weighs approximately 40 kg lighter.
Liquid cooling, which forms its own low temperature circuit, is an important factor in the energy density and performance of a battery. If required, it can be connected to the coolant circuit for the air conditioning system or connected to a second low temperature circuit that monitors the temperature of the motor and power electronics. The latter, by the way, converts the direct current from the battery into a three-phase current to power the electric motor. During recuperation, it feeds DC current back to the battery.
In pure electric mode, the more powerful variant, the Q8 60 TFSI e quattro, has a range of up to 56 kilometers. The Q8 55 TFSI e quattro is capable of driving 3 km further. The new Q8 60 TFSI e quattro accelerates to 100 km / h in just 5.4 seconds. The maximum speed is electronically limited to 240 km / h. The Q8 55 TFSI e quattro accelerates from 0 to 100 km / h in 5.8 seconds and has a top speed of 240 km / h.
The Audi drive mode selection system is also standard on the Audi Q8 TFSI e quattro. It offers a choice of up to seven driving profiles: comfort, efficiency, automatic, dynamic, individual, off-road and allroad (with adaptive sports air suspension as standard on the top version). The way the different suspension systems work together also changes depending on the settings. For example, if the dynamic profile and S mode of an automatic transmission are activated, the electric motor provides a powerful additional boost as soon as the driver steps on the accelerator.
Like all Audi plug-in hybrids, the Audi Q8 55 TFSI e quattro and Q8 60 TFSI e quattro impress with a high level of everyday use. They offer ample room for five people, and their flat cargo floor spaces provide 505 liters of capacity even in the basic configuration, which increases to 1625 liters with the rear seat folded down. Depending on the equipment, they can tow trailers up to 3.5 tonnes.
New plug-in hybrid models come standard with a charging cable for residential and industrial outlets. With a maximum charging power of up to 7.4 kW, a fully discharged battery can be recharged in approximately 2.5 hours.
In the near future, orders for new versions of Audi’s flagship SUV will start in Germany and other European markets. Audi Q8 55 TFSI e quattro with 381 hp estimated from 75 351.26 euros. At the same time, buyers can apply for benefits in the amount of 5 625 euros from the EU government. The Audi Q8 60 TFSI e quattro is available from € 92,800. The standard S line exterior package emphasizes its appearance with striking design details at the front, sides and rear. The black package contrasts with the S line exterior elements in body color. Matrix LED headlights are standard, as is the sports adaptive air suspension.
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