Audi has whipped the wraps off the Q8 e-tron, the Ingolstadt-based automaker’s new flagship emissions-free SUV. Available in SUV and Sportback body styles, the Q8 e-tron “will build on the success story of the e-tron,” the firm says. 

Q8 e-tron

Both body styles are available with three drivetrains. The Q8 e-tron 50’s 89 kWh (usable) battery pack is coupled with two electric motors, producing 250 kW and 664 Nm of torque. Audi says this drivetrain allows for an electric range of “up to” 452 km in the SUV and 467 km in the Sportback.

The Q8 e-tron 55 also makes do with a twin electric motor arrangement. However, here, the electric motors are coupled with a 106 kWh (net) battery pack. This model has 300 kW and the same torque output as the 50. The 55’s claimed electric range is 531 km (SUV) and 552 km (Sportback). 

Q8 e-tron

The range-topping SQ8 e-tron variants feature a trio of electric motors, which, like the 55, is coupled with a 106 kWh (net) battery pack. The S models have a power and torque output of 370 kW and 973 Nm. The claimed range for the SUV is 457 km, and 475 km for the Sportback. 

The Q8 e-tron SUV and Sportback measure 4 915 mm nose to tail and 1 937 in width. The traditionally-styled model measures 1 633 mm in height, while the Sportback is 1 619 mm tall owing to its sloping roofline. The SQ8 e-tron SUV and Sportback are 2 mm lower and 39 mm wider. 

The cabin features Audi’s MMI touch response operating system comprising 10.1- and 8.6-inch displays. “Nearly” all conventional switches and knobs have been replaced. However, the automaker says several features can be activated via voice control. The manufacturer’s virtual cockpit digital instrument binnacle is also present.