Audi Q8 55 TFSI e Plug-In Hybrid, Competition 60 TFSI e Revealed
The Audi Q8 is the latest model for a hybrid plug-in drive (PHEV) from the German car manufacturer. The SUV flagship is the 7th model to be equipped with the hybrid plugin variants after A3, A4, A5, A6, A8, Q5, and Q7.
The hybrid plug-in models are a bit more aggressive in appearance than the standard Q8. Both versions are standard with Audi’s S-line body kit together with dark finishes to give them a more sporting look, such as the grill. Inside the SUVs are equipped with sports seats, an S-line logo, brushed aluminum trim inserts, and steel pedals.
The Audi Q8 55 TFSI e plug-in hybrid can be selected in two different variants-55 TFSI e and 60 TFSI e. Both versions are powered by the 3.0-liter electrified V6 variant, with an automatic 8-speed gearbox integrated with a 340hp gasoline motor, and the Q7 60 TFSI e.
The system generates a combined 381hp and 600Nm in the TFSI e 55 and develops a stronger 462hp and 700Nm in the TFSI e competition. Competition 60 The 55 TFSI e can accelerate in 5.8seconds between 0 and 100kph and the more powerful model in 5.4seconds. Both come at a limited 240 km / h electronically.
A 17,8KWh of lithium-ion battery is located under the boot floor and is powered up by the electric motor. For both derivatives, the Q8 PHEV offers a total electric range of 47 km (WLTP).
Audi argues that the MyAudi application gives the owners remote access to live charging information and functions from a 7.3 kW wall box in 2 and 1/2 hours.
There are two modes of conduction available: EV, which leaves petrol engine V6 asleep, and Hybrid, which switches between electric and combustion engines as needed. A dedicated ‘predictive operating strategy’ is included within the MMI infotainment system of Audi Q8 55 TFSI e, which can predetermine the best phases of the electricity system by using real-time data and the weather.
Renewable braking features can also be applied with the brake pedal and can produce up to 25kW during coasting. All braking manoeuvres under 0.3 g are carried out by the power motor.
Earlier in the year, Audi introduced the Audi Q8 55 TFSI e for India, with a new more affordable version of the carmaker recently introduced. The SUV, the RS Q8 powered by a mild-hybrid petrol engine of 4,0 liters is also available in India. The standard Audi Q8 55 TFSI e also has a V6 turbo-loaded gasoline engine, but it is combined with a 48V mild-hybrid system and is not equipped with a dedicated EV mode.
Although it is unknown whether the Q8 PHEV can be placed on the Indian market, the car manufacturer is currently preparing to launch its smallest SUV, the Q2 in India. The Q2 is the fifth launch of the car manufacturer this year. A range of models, including the A4 facelift, new Q3, and Q7 facelift, will also be reintroduced in the carmakers in India.