The four-ringed brand has a new flagship car, sitting atop even the famous Audi A8 as its most premium, most luxurious vehicle. That car is the new Audi Q8, which is even more premium and even more high-end than the A8, even if it is slightly sportier and an SUV. At the moment, there’s only one Audi Q8 customer can buy in Europe — the Q8 50 TDI (a naming system that still makes no sense). Autocar just recently tested that exact car.
The 3.0 liter turbocharged V6 diesel that powers the Audi Q8 50 TDI is likely to be the entry-level engine when all of its model variants hit the market. It makes 286 hp and 442 lb-ft of torque, which is enough to propel the Q8 from 0-62 mph in 6.3 seconds, pretty quick for a big diesel-powered SUV. However, more exciting engines are going to be available in the coming months/years.
For instance, a 3.0 liter turbocharged V6 petrol engine will be available next year in all markets. It’s the same engine as the Audi S4/S5 and one we like a lot, as it makes 354 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. It’s down on torque to the diesel but up on horsepower and excitement. Also, it’s a bit more of a premium engine, a more fitting engine for the high-end Q8.
How does it drive? Well, according to Autocar, it’s as comfortable and luxurious as you’d expect a flagship car to be. Even over the large 22-inch wheels, it rides over large potholes with ease and comfort. But that doesn’t mean it’s a floaty, squishy car. It actually handles twisty turns better than you’d expect, even if there is a bit of body roll through faster corners. Four-wheel steering helps with that agility.
So should you buy it? Well, Autocar reckons you might want to hold off for a more exciting engine.