The study of Quantum Physics sets out to describe the behaviour of matter and energy and similarly the engineering brains behind the new Audi Q8 have set out to demonstrate the possibilities of "Automotive Energy" and its control.
To fully appreciate all the Audi Q8 represents one must look back a bit at the origin, history and DNA of this ultra-modern SUV.
The Audi brand itself has an interesting history. Audi Automobilwerke GmbH Zwickau was officially created in 1910 by August Horch, who launched their first car in 1910 - the Audi Type A Sport-Phaeton. The Type B Sport-Phaeton was launched later that year. Both were successes, particularly in motorsport events. Horch was a motor racing enthusiast and competitor who led his Audi team to three consecutive victories in the Austrian Alpine Run.
Audi went on to become the first German car brand to produce a left-hand drive vehicle - the Audi Type K, that became a dominant player in the 1920s due to the fact it gave drivers a better view of oncoming traffic. During the war, the company production was utilised to produce military vehicles with the company almost coming to an end after WWII. Daimler Benz acquired the company but sold out in the early 1960's when VW bought a 50% stake in the company, initially only wanting their factories to produce VW parts.
Engineers from Audi (then Auto Union), secretly designed a proto-type new vehicle, the Audi 100, that so impressed the then VW chairman, Heinz Nordhoff, that he agreed to take it into full production under the banner of the AUDI name. It's a fitting starting point to the modern Audi Brand and underpins what has become a tradition of innovation and technical advancement in this prestigious German marquee.
Audi's modern era has been one of automotive innovation, starting with the 1980's, turbocharged Quattro, the world's first four-wheel drive sports coupe, and adding to that the first five-cylinder turbocharged saloon in the Audi 100 and the Audi Avant Station wagon that today still has a cult following.
The introduction of the Q-range marked a new era pf Audi advances in automotive innovation. The Q7 was unveiled in 2005 and went into production in 2006. It was based on the VW PL71 platform with the Audi Quatro permanent four-wheel drive system. It was the first SUV vehicle to offer a V12 TDI version(was available in Europe only) and was the first Audi model to introduce Side Assist - a revolutionary blind-spot detection and warning system.
The introduction of a high-end SUV to the Audi Marquee is no surprise, with the market demand for these "cross-over" multi-purpose sports coupe's growing worldwide. Sales of SUV's have spiked over the past year while sales for other passenger vehicles has been stagnant.
Audi has certainly developed a best of breed winner in the Q8 with world class safety technology combined with pure Auto grunt and superlative styling, this SUV is certainly something quite special to experience.
What's in the Q8 DNA then?
Engine room: The 55 TFSI sports a 3,0-litre V6 turbo-petrol combined with an eight-speed automatic gearbox. The V6 produces 250 kW and 500 Nm. at 1 370-4 500 r/min.
Speed: The 0-100 km/h sprint takes a claimed 5,9 seconds and the top speed is limited to 250 km/h
Technology: The Q8 is packed with modern tech that includes a touch-screen user interface for the operating console, a touch screen climate control system, voice activated navigation system and a led cockpit experience including a head up display system.
Visually the Q8 has incredible eye-turning appeal. The slick lines giving it a luxurious and aerodynamic feel. The large aggressive grill and wide body providing a sophisticated sports Coupe look. The interior defines automotive comfort and luxury with practicality. The finishing is high spec, classy and won't disappoint the high-end market this vehicle is destined for.
Safety technology: The safety technology employed in the Q8 is extensive and impressive. This includes lane-correct technology, distance control with auto braking on cruise control, with head-up display providing better driver control apart from the standard safety features one can expect.
Model: Audi Q8 55 TFSI Quattro Tiptronic
Maintenance Plan: 5 years/100 000 km
Top Speed: 250 km/h (limited)
Engine: V6 turbo - 3,0-litre petrol
Power: 250 kW @ 5 400 r/min
Torque: 500 N.m @ 1 370-4 500 r/min
0-100 km/h: 5,9 seconds (claimed)
Fuel Consumption: 9,1 L/100 km (claimed)
CO2 emissions: 210 g/km
Transmission: eight-speed automatic