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Now at SA: Q8 adds some expensive flavor to the Audi SUV range

Cape Town – The flagship of the Audi SUV has come to rival the BMW X6 and the Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe and the newcomer Ingolstadt should at least gain the novelty of the war for now, as its rivals are in the end of their life cycles.

But such a novelty, and style if you're in the way it looks, has a price – only one model is being offered in South Africa for the time being in the form of a 3-liter turbopetrol with 55 TFSI, and costs R1 388 000. A diesel of 3 liters, 45 TDI, will be available around the middle of the year, Audi SA tells us.

The gasoline V6 that is available for now is good for 250kW, with 500Nm available from 1370 to 4500 rpm, and against the clock this is said to be able to rise from 0-100km / h in 5.9 seconds. The engine is coupled to a 48-volt "soft hybrid" electrical system that can reduce fuel consumption by up to 0.7 liters per 100 km. A tiptronic gearbox, adaptive suspension damping and quattro four-wheel drive are also part of the agreement, while the rear wheel steering can be ordered as an optional as well as adaptive air suspension that allows up to 254 mm of ground clearance .

As the name implies, the Q8 is perched atop the Audi Q range. Measuring five meters long and two wide, it's similar in size to the Q7 – and longer than even the Volvo XC90 – but the Q8 style wins its pace with a more muscular design, inspired by the coupe & # 39 ;, as well as a new octagonal grid design that will soon be common among the Q range.

The interior resembles that of the new generation A6 and A7 models, with a digital instrument panel and two vertically stacked central touch screens (upper for information and lower for climate). The screens feature a black panel design that allows them to blend visually into the panel when not in use. The Q8 also comes with a modern, voice-activated assistant that can respond to warnings such as "I'm hungry."

The cabin can be configured in various combinations of colors and materials, with Cedar Brown, Black, Metropolis Gray and Beige Valcona seat cushion options available to those who are not satisfied with the "Cricket Leather" standard.

Standard features of the Q8 include MMI Navigation Plus, Bang & Olufsen 23-speaker 3D sound system, four-zone automatic climate control, adjustable front seats, parking aid, 360-degree surround display, start-up without key, cruise control panoramic glass sunroof, HD Matrix LED headlamps and 20-inch alloy wheels.

There is still a lot of fun (expensive) in the list of options, with subtleties such as a head-up display that includes navigation guidance, Night Vision Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control and Active Lane Assist.

As for the style packages, South African buyers can choose from three options: S Line Black (with high gloss black exterior elements), S Line Platinum (platinum gray theme and red tweezers) and S Line Sports, being aluminum brushed matte.

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