The Audi Q8 range grows with the arrival of a new petrol-engined Q8 and a new lower-powered diesel engine – the Q8 55 TFSI and Q8 45 TDI.
It was last summer when the Audi Q8 arrived to top out Audi’s SUV range, bringing a rival to cars like the BMW X6 with a coupe take on the Audi Q7.
At launch, all there was on offer was a single diesel engine – the Q8 50 TDI – with a 3.0 litre diesel engine with 282bhp and 443lb/ft of torque.
We know that in the pipeline is an SQ8 performance model – expected to debut later this year, but for now the Q8 offerings expand with the arrival of the first petrol version – the Q8 55 TFSI – and lower powered diesel option – the Q8 45 TDI.
The 3.0 litre petrol engine in the 55 TFSI comes with 335bhp and 369lb/ft of torque and, say Audi, is good for 62mpoh in 5.9 seconds and, thanks in part to a 48V mild hybrid system and the ability to deactivate the engine under certain conditions to save fuel, gets official economy of 31mpg.
Also now on offer is a lower-powered version of the launch diesel engine. The new Q8 45 TDI comes with 228bhp and 369lb/ft of torque, gets to 62mph in 7.1 seconds and has official economy of 42-44mpg.
Audi hasn’t released prices for the UK, but as soon as they do we’ll update.