Audi has updated the Q8 SUV (not the Q8 e-tron) for 2024 with styling and tech upgrades. Order books are open in select markets with prices in Germany starting at €86,700 for 45 TDI quattro, €89,700 for 50 TDI quattro, €89,900 for 55 TFSI quattro and €119,500 for SQ8 TFSI.
So, what’s new then? Well, the octagon grille has a new pattern with vertical inlays—arranged in teardrop shape in the base trim, and in the shape of an ‘L’ in the S line exterior package and the SQ8 TFSI. The optional Black and Black Plus optics packages set tasteful accents in the exterior around the Singleframe, the trim on the side windows, and the front and rear bumpers. A new tailpipe design is standard for all Q8 models. LED headlights are a standard affair, but the options list includes Matix LED headlights and HD Matrix LED headlights with Audi laser light. At the rear, you get digital OLEDs.
The SQ8 TFSI rolls off the production line with 21-inch wheels and 285/45 tires as standard. However, up to 23-inch wheels are available from the options list. As for the discs, the front ones measure 400 mm while the rear ones are 350 mm (in SQ8). Also available in the options list are adaptive air suspension and adaptive air suspension sport, with the latter being standard for SQ8. Also standard for SQ8 is all-wheel steering. Three new paint options are available from Audi Sport: Sakhir Gold, Ascari Blue, and Chili Red.
For the cabin, the seams on the seat trim in the base model now come as standard in a contrasting gray color. There are also nine decorative inlays available to choose from. Adding to the available options are: fine-grain ash natural silver wood for the standard model, carbon twill matt, and aluminium linear silver grey for the Q8 with the S line sport package.
As for tech upgrades, the Audi Virtual Cockpit displays lane change warning, other road users (trucks, cars, and motorcycles) distance warning, intersection assist, and traffic light information. The infotainment includes a store for marker-specific apps.
Moving on to the juicy bits of the story, the 45 TDI quattro packs a 3.0L V6 turbo diesel engine with 170 kW (231 metric hp) and 500 Nm (369 lb-ft). The 50 TDI quattro packs the same engine but offers 210 kW (285.5 metric hp) and 600 Nm (442.5 lb-ft). The 55 TFSI quattro packs a 3.0L V6 turbo petrol with 250 kW (340 metric hp) and 500 Nm (369 lb-ft). All these engines are paired with a 48-volt mild-hybrid system and ZF 8-speed automatic transmission.
The SQ8 packs a 4.0L V8 biturbo petrol engine with 373 kW (507 metric hp) and 770 Nm (568 lb-ft), also paired with a ZF 8-speed automatic transmission and quattro AWD system. This model sprints from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.1 seconds. There’s a cylinder deactivation system as well to save fuel. Options for the SQ8 include a 48-volt electromechanical active roll stabilization (eAWS), powered by a super capacitor.