2016 Audi Q8 Release Date, Price, Interior, Specs – Audi is by far the most important competitor for the BMW brand, but until recently they didn’t have any real competitor for their X6 model. This is set to change with the upcoming 2016 Audi Q8.
The new Q8 is undoubtedly going to share the same platform as the Q7 but in this case it will have a lower roofline, and will be slightly shorter and wider, and will contribute to its overall assertive design.
It is a proven fact that most people in the West are not anticipating the brand new 2016 Audi Q8 with bated breath in comparison to the Chinese who are eager for the Q8. The Chinese market is known to demand SUV’s that look sporty and good and behave in a similar manner to a sports car.
2016 Audi Q8 specs
Being based on the same platform as the 2016 Audi Q8 also mean that the car will also come with the same MLB modular platform just like many other SUV’s from the Volkswagen use, and which is known to limit the engine choices to a few.
Another thing the auto maker is going to consider is the sales volume, as previously mentioned the new Q8 will not sell much in the West and therefore its cost will be kept on a bare minimum.
Most of the interior will most likely be shared with other Audi’s roster. There are also talks of the German auto manufacturer making available an all-electric model for their Q8, but the details are scanty.
2016 Audi Q8 interior and exterior
Things inside the new 2016 Audi Q8, will be much similar to what you might expect to find in the A8. With that said, you should expect the new Q8 to come with a dissimilar dashboard than that of the Q7.
This would certainly make the current users ecstatic since there were too many models that had the same interior design layout.
Inside the cockpit, changes bound to take place will include a redesigned dashboard and centre stack. At the dashboard will be a 12.3” screen that will get rid of the instrument gauges and the MMI display that cluttered the centre console.
The Audi connect module will come handy for technology savvy passengers who would want to connect their smartphones or tablets using Wi-Fi connectivity.
Moving forward, the new 2016 Audi Q8 exterior, on the other hand, will be much identical to the Q7 almost all fonts. As already mentioned, the roof is still going to come with the same arch as that of the coupe, while at the back, we should expect something alike to the RS6.
Up front, the new changes will be expected to be reflected on the larger hexagonal grille that will come with a bolder mesh insert and outline. Having vertical slats, the bumpers will now be shrunken.
Moreover, the European market will now get the laser high beam headlights that will make use of a subtle curve that the previous the previous year’s model had, and will be able to make use of a camera detection system that will detect oncoming traffic.
Another forthcoming change will be the elimination of the vertical running contrast stripe located above the rear air intake. Behind the vehicle, the taillights will get the trapezoidal shape in favour of the old circular units.
2016 Audi Q8 engine
The Audi automakers said that thy would like to make the upcoming new 2016 Audi Q8 one of the fastest cars in the industry and the only way they would have achieved this is by enhancing their engines specs.
There will be a 6L W12 twin turbo engine which currently powers the Bentley cars, with very minimal information, you should expect the new 2016 Audi Q8 to come with a possible power output of about 600 hp and 550 pounds of torque.
With the power output, you should expect the new 2016 Audi Q8 to sprint from standstill to 60 mph in less than 3.8 seconds. The top speed will be somewhere around 175 mph which will basically make the new SUV the fastest in the market today.
2016 Audi Q8 release date and price
The pricing details for the American market are not yet out, but in Europe, the new 2016 Audi Q8 V10 will come with a price tag of around 165,000 Euros. The model is expected to arrive in showrooms in the summer of this year.