6533 5878

6 Things We Need To Know About Audi’s Q8 e-tron

Q8 e-tron and Q8 Sportback e-tron will be Audi’s flagship electric SUV and crossover.
Gerald Yuen
Gerald Yuen
10 Nov 2022

During our sneak preview of the electrified Q8, Audi’s spokesperson was quick to point out that the biggest change was its name. Previously, we had to second guess which e-tron the brand was referring to as they could be characterised from sedans to cosmic SUVs. But now it has made a definite attempt to streamline proceedings, starting with the brand’s hulking flagships - Q8 e-tron and Q8 Sportback e-tron. Electrified versions of the Q4 and Q6 with similar naming conventions will soon follow, but for now here are 6 things we need to know about the electrified Q8.

New identity

Apart from the new name, the Q8 e-tron ushers in a new corporate identity with a two-dimensional design of the four rings on the exterior. The model lettering with an Audi logo on the B-pillar is new as well.

Drivetrain options

For both body shapes, 3 drivetrain variants with electric all-wheel drive can be selected. The Q8 50 e-tron and Q8 50 Sportback e-tron are base models, while the Q8 55 e-tron and Q8 55 Sportback e-tron are mid-spec trims. These 4 variants are powered by 2 motors. The SQ8 e-tron and SQ8 Sportback e-tron are top spec trims and feature 3 motors. There are no plans yet for a RS variant.

Battery, performance and range

Two battery sizes can be selected. The battery of the Q8 50 e-tron has a capacity of 95 kWh, while the more powerful versions of the Q8 55 e-tron and SQ8 e-tron pack a 114 kWh battery. Its predecessor came with 71Kwh and 95 kWh options. Torque figures range from 664Nm to 973Nm, and range spans from 494km for the SQ8 e-tron up to 600km for the base Q8 50 Sportback e-tron.

Juicing up

Maximum charging performance ranges from 150 to 170 kW. Under ideal conditions, the larger battery should take 31 minutes to juice up. When quizzed about its lower peak charging capability compared to other brands, Audi mentioned that they are prioritising a flat charging curve, and peak charging capability should not be of prime importance. A 11 kW AC charger will be offered, with a choice to tick a 22 kW AC option. Audi has no plans yet to feature 800-volt architectures on their cars.

More torque, increased efficiency

The asynchronous motor concept of the Q8 e-tron on the rear axle was modified. There are now 14 instead of 12 coils generating electromagnetic fields. This simply means that more torque can be generated with similar electric input. If torque isn’t required, the electric motor requires less energy to generate torque, which in turn lowers consumption and increases range.

Fine tuned

Air-spring suspension with controlled shock absorption now comes standard across the entire Q8 e-tron range. The gear ratio of the steering system has also been tuned to be more responsive. The “regular” Q8 powered by internal combustion engines do not benefit from the quicker steering ratio as they are based on different platforms.

Why sell your car with Oneshift?
Convenient and Hassle-Free

We know that visiting multiple car dealerships can be a real hassle! We’ll help you obtain the highest price for your car within 24 hours from our network of 500+ certified dealers from the comfort of your home.

Consumer Protection

We say no to unethical dealers. We employ strict quality control when validating the used car dealers in our panel and only work with trusted and reputable LTA-approved partners.

Transparent Process With No Obligation

We respect our customers and understand that at times, you may have doubts or need more time to decide. Don’t worry—we will never force a sale on you. Our dealer partners will only transact with you when you are satisfied with the final offer.

Sell your car for the best price in Singapore

Get the best price for your used cars from 500+ verified dealers, all within 24 hours

William Teng
2 weeks ago
The quote for my car was fast, responsive and the highest. The transaction was fast and explanation was clear. The person who inspected my car was friendly and professional. It was a good experience with OneShift.
William Chan
3 weeks ago
The transaction was very smooth from the minute I get on to their website trying to sell my car till the car ownership transferred and have the money paid by Pay Now into my account. It only takes less than 3 days. The person attending to me are very professional, Jon at the phone in their office and Sean Tan who came down to view and test the car. I am very happy to have decided to sell my car through "One Shift By Carousell"