Audi’s new flagship SUV has finally arrived in the US. The 2019 Audi Q8 is trying to be superior to the Q7 in the German company’s lineup. Of course it wants more than just having a better look. It has adaptive dampers as standard, while an air suspension and all-wheel steering are optional.
Other standard features include a 3-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, a panoramic sunroof, screens galore, 12.3-inch Audi’s Virtual Cockpit instrument cluster, MMI Touch Response with a 10.1-inch infotainment display and a 8.6-inch function display, LED headlights, heated eight-way power-adjustable front seats, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
An optional Year One package will add a black optic exterior pieces with Audi’s Singleframe grille and roof rails, 22-inch anthracite alloy wheels, red brake caliper kit, S-line bumpers, and others.
The Q8 comes with a 3.0-liter turbocharged TFSI V6 engine cranking out 335 HP and 369 lb-ft of torque, teamed with 48-volt mild-hybrid system that includes a 10Ah battery. The output is transferred to the all-wheel drive system through an eight-speed automatic gearbox.
According to Audi, this is a new engine that has a twin-scroll turbocharger and a redesigned valvelift system for a more responsive performance. The Quattro all-wheel drive gives a 40/60 front-rear torque split. It takes 5.6 seconds for the Q8 to reach 60 mph from standstill.
The 2019 Audi Q8 will set you back from $68,395 for the base Premium model, with a $995 delivery charge included. The higher Premium Plus model starts at $72,395 and the top-of-the-line Prestige costs from $77,545.