Performance and 0-60 time
Although it’s far from a necessity for the Q8 to be fast, it’s a welcome treat to find that Audi’s new SUV is far from slow. From behind the steering wheel it’s more sprightly than you’d expect from a diesel 4x4, especially one that weighs 2145kg, and that’s reflected in its 0-62mph time of 6.3sec. The Q8’s top speed is not electronically limited to 155mph as it doesn’t quite reach that threshold, topping out at 152mph.
The Q8’s 3-litre V6 puts out 282bhp over a very diesel-like 3500 to 4000rpm rev range. The benefit to being an oil burner is the vast amount of torque it produces; from 2250 to 3250rpm it makes 442lb ft.