When the Audi Q8 first launched, it was only available with one engine, in every market it was in. Admittedly, the lone engine was different, depending on the market — North American market got 3.0 TFSI V6 only, Euro market got 3.0 TDI V6. Now, though, the European market is getting two new V6 engine options of the Q8.
One of the new engines is actually just a new version of the existing 3.0 TDI currently available in Europe. This new engine is a 3.0 liter turbocharged V6 diesel, making 227 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. It also can get the big, heavy Audi Q8 from 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 7.1 seconds. Not too shabby for an efficient diesel engine.
The second new engine is actually the same 3.0 liter turbocharged V6 TFSI engine that we get here in America. So it makes 335 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque, the same output as the American engine, and it can get the big Q8 from 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.9 seconds. That’s much quicker than its diesel counterpart.
Both engines are paired with MHEV (Mild Hybrid Electric Vehicle) setups. So they both utilize 48-volt electrical subsystems with battery-alternator starers. All Audi Q8 models are equipped with eight-speed automatic gearboxes and Quattro-all-wheel drive.
It’s not surprising to see the European market get the same petrol-powered V6 that we get here. Although, don’t expect it to work the other way around. We won’t be getting the V6 TDI engine here in the ‘States because, ya know, diesel. Realistically though, we’re all just waiting for the Audi SQ8 to come and bring a more high-performance engine, possibly the 2.9 liter twin-turbo V6 from the Audi RS4 or even the 4.0 liter twin-turbo V8 from the Porsche Panamera. We’ll still have to wait a while for that.
In Germany, prices are as follows: €76,300 for the Audi Q8 3.0 TFSI and €73,300 for the Q8 3.0 TDI.