Audi has given its flagship SUV, the Q8, a significant mid-cycle update, enhancing technology, perceived quality, and simplifying its exterior design. This update comes approximately five years after the Q8’s initial launch and incorporates discreet styling alterations and advanced lighting technology.
Notable updates include optional HD Matrix LED headlights with a laser high beam and OLEDs in the taillights, elevating the lighting setup. The front grille features octagonal elements, adding a refreshing touch to the design. The 2023 Geneva International Motor Show showcased a variant of the Q8 with carbon fiber side mirror caps and massive 23-inch wheels, although smaller 22- and 21-inch wheel options will also be available.
A highlight of this update is the introduction of the high-performance SQ8, powered by a twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8 engine, generating an impressive 500hp and 770Nm of torque. Despite its size and weight, the SQ8 accelerates rapidly, reaching 100km/h in just 4.1 seconds, with a top speed of 250km/h.
Looking ahead, Audi plans to offer the petrol and diesel Q8 alongside a fully electric Q8 E-Tron and Q8 E-Tron Sportback, marking a move toward electrification within their lineup.
Additionally, an eagerly anticipated RS Q8 facelift is yet to be revealed, with its debut expected in the near future, bringing even more performance to the Q8 range.