Audi Q8 plugs-in, offers two outputs and up to 59 km EV range


Audi is rounding off the Q8 lineup with the Q8 TFSI e quattro — a plug-in hybrid that boasts a pure electric driving range of up to 59 km (36 mi) as per NEDC. In fact, there’ll be two variants with different combined outputs, but will come back to that in a bit.

In terms of the styling, the PHEV looks just as stunning as the regular Q8 with its imposing front fascia, sloping roofline and the connected taillights. The example here is wearing the black styling package in combination with the standard S line styling elements. The Matrix LED headlights come as standard, as does the adaptive air suspension sport. The coupe-SUV rides on 21-inch wheels that hide red-painted calipers.

The S line sport package drenches the cabin in black or partially in rotor gray (on the seats). The package also includes sport seats with S embossing, pedals and footrests made of stainless steel, and inlays made of matt brushed aluminum. The Audi Virtual Cockpit is standard while a Head-Up Display is optional.

The battery pack is installed underneath the luggage compartment, however, the PHEV still offers up to 1,625 liters of luggage space when the rear bench seat is folded down.

Moving on to the business end of the story then, the PHEV powertrain is a combination of a 3.0L V6 TFSI petrol motor and an electric motor (PSM) — integrated into the housing of the 8-speed tiptronic gearbox. The Q8 55 TFSI e quattro offers a combined output of 381 hp (280 kW) and 600 Nm (442 lb-ft) of system torque, and is claimed to sprint from 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.8 seconds and on to a top speed of 240 km/h (149 mph).


Of course, for those who feel that is not sufficient, Audi will offer the Q8 60 TFSI e quattro, the one featured here in the photos. This will offer a combined 462 hp (340 kW) and a system torque of 700 Nm (516 lb-ft). Audi claims a 0-100 km/h (62 mph) sprint time of 5.4 seconds while the top speed is the same 240 km/h (149 mph), which in case you’re wondering, is electronically limited.

The 55 will offer an EV range of up to 59 km (36 mi) in the NEDC and up to 47 km (29 mi) in the WLTP. It also boasts an EV top speed of 135 km/h (84 mph). The 60’s EV ranges are up to 56 km (34 mi) and 45 km (27 mi), NEDC and WLTP, respectively. The battery pack is of 17.8 kWh capacity. Audi also claims that the PHEV can achieve up to 80 kW of recuperation power while braking.

The battery pack has a max charging capacity of up to 7.4 kW; a flat battery pack can be fully charged in around two-and-a-half hours, Audi said.

The Q8 55 TFSI e quattro is priced at €75,351 while the 60 TFSI e quattro commands €92,800, in Germany. Prices include 16% VAT.

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