The e-tron was Audi’s first electric car when it first arrived in UK showrooms back in 2019, and it has proven instrumental in helping the German firm to expand its EV portfolio.
Such was its significance that various other models have joined the range, such as the Q4 e-tron and e-tron GT. But the regular ‘e-tron’ model isn’t being forgotten about just yet. Oh no, Audi is now back with a revised model that’s now been rebranded as the Q8 e-tron to signify its flagship status.
Recently arriving in the UK, let’s take a look at the key things you need to know about the new Audi Q8 e-tron.
The e-tron was previously available with two different powertrains, and that remains the same on the new Q8 model, though both have been significantly upgraded.
The ‘entry-level’ ‘50 e-tron’ model now boasts a significantly larger 89kWh battery (usable), which increases the range to 281 miles. If you want to travel further afield, the top-spec ‘55 e-tron’ model has also received another boost, and now uses a huge 106kWh battery, with Audi claiming up to 330 miles from a charge.
Power figures remain the same as before, with the 50 version developing 335bhp, while the 55 increases that to 402bhp. Both figures are when the boost mode has been activated.
Improved charging performance
Charging technology is moving at an impressive rate, and especially since the e-tron first debuted. Audi is ensuring it's keeping up by bolstering the charging performance for this Q8.
With a charging speed of up to 170kW on the ‘55’ model, it means that a 10 to 80 per cent charge could be completed in just 31 minutes in optimal conditions.
Using slower AC charging, such as in those used for on-street charging, you can get an optional upgrade for 22kW charging, allowing the batteries to be fully replenished in under five hours.
Small styling changes
Audi hasn’t messed too much with the design for the Q8 e-tron, as it remains a sharply-styled SUV. It’s worth noting you can also get it in two different bodystyles – the standard SUV layout or a sleeker coupe-like Sportback version.
There are small changes to be aware of though, with many centred around improving this SUV’s aerodynamics. These include ‘spoilers’ around the wheels to better direct airflow, while there’s also a revised grille and LED lighting. Additional colours and wheel designs are also offered.
Further technology improvements
The e-tron made quite a statement in the tech world when it was first revealed back in 2018, being one of the first cars to be available with ‘digital’ camera-based door mirrors.
Audi isn’t resting on its laurels either, as the Q8 e-tron boasts further technology advancements. These include a remote park assist feature, which will become available later in 2023. With this, it allows customers to be able to use their myAudi app to remotely park their car in the tightest spaces. The car will automatically turn off, put on the parking brake and lock itself once the manoeuvre is completed as well.