When the Audi Q8 first debuted, its critics mocked it for its relative uselessness. Its Q7 sibling is cheaper, more practical and more spacious. So with the Q8, you’re spending more money on some style and Audi’s new interior design language and technology, the latter of which the facelifted Audi Q7 will be getting anyway. So, on paper, the Q8 doesn’t really seem to make a lot of sense. Until you drive it, as Daniel Abt explains in this new video.
Abt is one of the Formula E drivers for the Audi ABT Schaeffler team and the son of ABT Sportsline CEO. So he knows a thing or two about driving. With the Audi Q8, he feels like it offers an extra level of sportiness that the Q7 doesn’t have and that really appeals to him.
The Q8 in question, the one he’s driving in the video, seems to be the ABT Sportsline-tuned Q8 they just recently revealed. That means its packing a 3.0 liter TDI V6 diesel engine (the only engine option in Europe at the moment) and it’s been tuned to make 330 hp and 479 lb-ft of torque. Those are healthy figures from a diesel and allow the Audi Q8 to be surprisingly quick. In fact, Abt calls it a “Monster SUV”.
While we might not go that far, it’s easy to see why he likes it so much. He’s a young, stylish and successful guy and the Audi Q8 seems like the perfect daily for him. It’s quick, looks cool — especially when done up by ABT Sportsline — and it has all of the handling and technology he could want from a daily SUV. It has that everyday practicality along with a bit of a sporty edge and style. So while it might not be a “Monster SUV”, it’s certainly a cool one.