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Calling the Q8 a five-seater coupe version of the Q7 is technically accurate, yet it doesn’t really paint the full picture.
This is a less practical, more affluent-looking five-chair alternative, loaded with gizmoes and wrapped up in a fantastic design. The numerical designation shows it’s on the top rung, yet home office determination to keep the A8 as the ultimate technology leader means Q8 is less fulsomely equipped than the large limo.
Not too different from the concept presented to the world just 18 months ago, at 4.9 metres long, with a 2.9m wheelbase, and just 5mm short of being 2m wide, it’s a big sucker. Alongside Q7, it is a bit lower and 66mm shorter and 27mm wider. The smallest wheels are large 20-inchers with 21s and 22s as $4000 plus options. Overall, it’s exuding real presence.
Audi loves linking its new product back to the eponymous Ur Quattro coupe of the 1980s that put this brand on the world map through rallying. Blistered wheel arches, some character lines and the red-fringed black element that links the rear lights are ties to the legend.
It’s not all looking back. That bold front is a first look at the new Q car face.
Though not the absolute technology flagbearer, Q8 nonetheless delivers a crossover/ SUV illumination feature first, with full-laser headlamps and taillamps. The interior features the superb knob-less MMI system from the A8. The active and passive safety fare is fulsome yet autonomous features are less advanced than the A8.
Call it a coupe version of the Q7 if you want, but that doesn’t tell the whole story about the Q8.