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Audi has named the Q8 their new face of the Audi Q family. The Audi Q8 which arrived in New Zealand in November combines the elegance of a four-door luxury coupe with the practicality of an SUV. The exterior of the new Q8 imposes a Singleframe in octagonal design and is built on the same platform as the Audi Q7, Bentley Bentayga and Lamborghini Urus. The front grill of the vehicle is much larger than the Q7’s and exhibits unique vertical chrome fins connecting to the headlights.
The Q8 resembles the Audi Quattro S1 rally car from the 1980’s – wide, muscular and angular contours over the wheel arches. The roof appears low slung at the back. However, in comparison to other SUV/Coupe’ hybrids the boot space holds a large capacity of up to 605-litres.
Without specification the Audi Q8 comes on 20inch wheels. The S line moves up to 21 inch wheels and includes adaptive air suspension, satellite navigation and HD Matric LED headlights. The doors take a retro spin, adopting a frameless design but being large enough to make entry and exit of the vehicle easy.
The Audi Q8 is the first vehicle designed by Marc Lichte, Audi’s new head of design who has revolutionised the aesthetic of the new Q8 and the A8 luxury sedan. The Audi Q8’s 3-litre V6 turbo diesel engine produces 210kW, 600Nm of torque and is able to accelerate from 0 – 100kmh in 6.3 seconds, giving the vehicle a sportier feel.
The large frameless doors of the Q8 make way to a supple, yet equally angular interior. Audi’s MMI touch screen display is front and centre and gives the Q8’s interior a futuristic refined feel. The rear seats of the Q8 sit behind privacy glass and have a large amount of leg space for passengers making the vehicle more spacious and family friendly.
With the popularity of the luxury SUV segment growing, the Audi Q8 looks to appeal well to the New Zealand market in the coming years. Price range starts from $149,900 with the higher spec more powerful model expected to arrive next year. Available now at Armstrong Prestige Wellington the official home of Audi in Wellington.