Audi is probably the most important competitor for BMW but until now they didn’t really have any real competitor to their X6. This will change though with 2016 or 2017 when Audi is set to launch the 2016 Audi Q8. This is going to share the same platform with the Q7 but it will have a lower roof-line as well as it will be slightly wider and shorter, all of which should make for a more aggressive design. While most people in the West don’t really care for the Audi Q8 2016, it is a really important part for the Chinese market which constantly demands sport looking SUVs which not only look good but also behave like a sports car.
2016 Audi Q8 price and release date
The 2016 Audi Q8 is expected to come at a base price no lower than $65,000 which would make sense considering both the X6 and the Q7. However, the 2016 Q8 will be offered in a few more models as well as it will cost as much as $160,000, making it quite a bit more expensive than the competition.
2016 Audi Q8 specs
This price is because Audi said they are going to make it one of the fastest SUV vehicles out there and they are planning to do this with the help of the 6.0-liter W12 twin-turbo engine which also powers some Bentley cars. While we don’t have an official number for this just yet, it is highly possible for it to develop more than 600 horsepower and 550 lb-ft of torque which would allow the new 2016 Audi Q8 to accelerate from 0 to 60 MPH in under 3.8 seconds and up to a maximum top speed of over 175 MPH, basically making it the fastest SUV on the market to date.
In the US though, there are likely to be available only two engines, a 3.0-liter supercharged hybrid with 420 horsepower and a 4.0-liter V8 twin-turbo with around 520 horsepower, both of them coming with all-wheel-drive system and Audi’s 7-speed DSG automatic gearbox.
Audi Q8 2016 news
On the interior things are going to be quite similar to what you would find in the A8. This means that the dashboard and the general seating layout for the new Audi Q8 2016 are going to be vastly different than those of the Q7. This can only make us happy because there were already too many models with pretty much the same interior.
The outside design on the other hand is going to be both unique and very Audi-like. The front end will be pretty much identical to the Q7 but everything else is going to be different. The roof will have the sam arch as that of a coupe while at the back we are going to see something very similar to the RS6.