quattro Magazine: Taking the 2019 Audi Q8 to the extreme in the American West

words: George Achorn, photos: Audi of America (Jim Fets) Editor’s note: This article originally ran in the q2_2019 issue of quattro magazine. Is it a “crossover” or an “SUV”? I was in the weeds in more ways than one with an Audi of America product planner in remote and frigid Colorado philosophizing over just what the new Audi Q8 is. I’d called it a “crossover”. He argued “SUV”. From his perspective, an SUV is a more attractive term... at least in the American market. SUV in...

Audi Receives Most “Good” IIHS Ratings of Any Manufacturer for Ease of Using LATCH Hardware on Child Restraint Systems

source: Audi of America Ten 2019 Audi models received “Good+” to “Acceptable” ratings across model line up 2019 Audi Q7 received highest “Good+” rating Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) measures ease of use of lower anchors and tethers for children (LATCH) hardware on child restraint systems HERNDON – Ten 2019 Audi models have been positively rated by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) for their ease of using lower anchors and tethers fo...

Lumma CLR 8S: Conversion Kit For Your Q8

words: Bill, photos: Lumma Design All SUVs/CUVs look the same...I hear this all the time. Fortunately, there are some companies out there to make yours stand out from the crowd. Enter Lumma Design. Lumma Design's history goes back to 1987 and a vision from its founder, Horst Lumma. As with most of us, he had a fascination for anything automotive and so created Lumma Design. Here we see the results of his passion. The CLR 8S is based on the Audi Q8 and arguably, it makes an aggressive vehicle e...

ABT Aerodynamic Upgrades for Audi Q8 Available Now

The Audi Q8 has a strong front appearance already coming from the factory, still ABT supports the aggressive factory octagonal grille even more by adding a dynamic front lip and highlights for the sideward air inlets. Although the most eye-catching changes are happening to the rear of the car. ABT is taking the factory rear skirt insert with its square-shaped openings and replacing it with a prominent diffuser that features double exhaust bezels. The new aerodynamic designs are topped off by...

2019 Audi Q8 Earns 5-Star Overall Safety Rating from NHTSA

source: Audi of America Rating earned following NHTSA New Car Assesment Program testing of 2019 Audi Q8 5-Star Safety Rating program evaluates vehicle crash test performance 5-Star Overall Safety Rating is highest rating possible HERNDON – The 2019 Audi Q8 was awarded a 5-Star Overall Safety Rating – the highest possible overall rating – from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). To achieve a 5-Star Overall Safety Rating, the Q8 was tested under NHTSA’s...

IIHS: Audi A6 and Q8 Earn 2019 Safety Awards

source: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, photos: Audi AG The Audi A6, a large luxury car, and the Audi Q8, a new large SUV, each qualify for a 2019 safety award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety when equipped with specific headlights. The A6 qualifies for the highest designation of TOP SAFETY PICK+, while the Q8 earns the TOP SAFETY PICK award. Both the A6 and Q8 earn good ratings in all six IIHS crashworthiness evaluations. The two models also come with standa...

ABT Presents Aerodynamic Upgrades for the 2019 Audi Q8

source: ABT America Anyone who no longer wants to choose between a sports coupé, off-road vehicle or touring saloon has it easy: With the new Audi Q8 in particular, no more compromises are made between sportiness, comfort and off-road capability. The Q8 is shorter than its brand brother Q7, but its somewhat flatter and wider exterior makes it particularly athletic. As an SUV the Audi Q8 requires a strong front so ABT supports the aggressive factory octagonal grille by adding a dynamic...

From Geneva With Love: ABT Audi Q8 50 TDI With Aero Package and 330 HP

source: ABT Sportsline The most famous 00 agent in the world visited Switzerland – including Geneva – on numerous occasions during his career. And ABT Sportsline may have the perfect car for him on display at the Geneva International Motor Show (7-17 March): the ABT Audi Q8 50 TDI. The brand new ABT aerodynamics package from the world's largest tuner for Audi and Volkswagen adds a really impressive touch to this SUV. In addition, the ABT Power boost makes the “50 TDI” the idea...

Awards for Audi

source: Audi AG Kelley Blue Book: Audi Q5 and Audi Q7 as Best Buys: The Audi Q5 received the Best Buy Award in the Compact Luxury SUV category and the Audi Q7 is the Best Buy in the Midsize Luxury SUV category for the 2019 model year. The winners were chosen by a panel from Kelley Blue Book, a leading market observer in the USA. The decisions in this competition are based on years of expertise, the organization’s own tests and extensive vehicle data. With the Audi Q5, which has now wo...

Car and Driver: The 2019 Audi Q8 Is What Luxury Sedans Have Become

source: Car and Driver The new Audi Q8 is a statement vehicle—as much for Audi as it is for the many well-heeled people who will park them in their garages. Audi's flagship A8 sedan still outprices the Q8, which starts at $68,395, yet with more and more buyers having given up on sedans entirely, this new five-seat SUV best defines the Audi brand... Read the rest of the story HERE

Audi Brings All-New 2019 Sedans, SUVs And First Fully Electric e-tron To Los Angeles Auto Show

source: Audi of America All-new 2019 Audi A8, A7, A6 and Q8 now on sale and on display at LA Auto Show, Nov. 30 – Dec. 9 Audi e-tron, first fully electric production model from the brand, available for reservations and on stand Fully electric supercar concept – e-tron GT – to be revealed Wednesday, Nov. 28 at Audi press conference HERNDON – Audi of America will showcase the brand’s all-new 2019 sedans, SUVs and the first all-electric Audi e-tron at the Los Angeles Aut...

Uncompromising Design and Capability, 2019 Audi Q8 is the New Top Premium SUV

source: Audi of America Commanding on-road presence featuring a dynamic roofline and design cues from the original Audi Ur quattro Generous interior, with seating for up to five passengers and class-leading cargo capacity with rear seats folded New 3.0-liter V6 engine delivers dynamic driving, and suite of available driver assistance systems help drivers confidently navigate the road and traffic HERNDON, Va. – Offering the functional practicality of an SUV, the dynamic ...

Audi RS Q8. It’s Been Spied. Now, It’s Been Rendered.

There's no question the market has embraced crossovers wholeheartedly. While more traditional car enthusiasts still prefer low-slung sedans, Avants and even sports cars, sales numbers simply don't lie. Such a transition of consumer tastes means crossovers like the new Audi Q8 are critical to the well-being of the four rings brand. Not surprisingly then, Audi Sport appears to be readying an RS variant. Spy photos suggest Audi's not just considering the model. If read correctly, a bonkers f...

Audi Q8 in Real Life and Galaxy Blue

Audi AG revealed that Q8 ordering is now open this morning... at least for Germany and Europe, and that brings with it some new online content for those eagerly anticipating this crossover Q-ship. For starters, the Audi.de Q8 configurator is operational (German language only). Also, fully consumer spec Q8s are now being spotted. The Q8 you see here is on display at the Audi Forum Neckarsulm. One of Audi's two main delivery centers, Neckarsulm is both a regular stopping point for some very...

Audi Q8 Now Available for Order in Europe

source: Audi AG The Audi Q8 combines the best of two worlds – the elegance of a four-door luxury coupe and the convenient versatility of a large SUV. The generously dimensioned interior with variable luggage compartment, state-of-the-art operating and suspension technologies as well as intelligent assistance systems make the Audi Q8 a convincing companion for business and leisure. With the permanent quattro all-wheel drive and a ground clearance of up to 254 millimeters (10.0 in...

The Q8 Has Broken Cover At The Audi Brand Summit in China- Here Are The Official Photos

[source: Audi AG] This morning, photos were leaked online of the new undisguised Q8. Shortly afterwards, the Q8 was officially revealed at Audi Brand Summit in Shenzhen. Read the press release below. The new face of the Q family: the Audi Q8 Expressive design with new Singleframe and features from the original Audi quattro Generous, elegant interior, touch operating concept and high-tech navigation All-wheel steering and quattro drive for agile handling and best traction ...

Car and Driver: Going for a Spin in Audi’s New Flagship SUV

[source: Car and Driver] It is extremely bold, with a gaping front grille, a wide body, sculpted fenders, a crisp coupelike profile, and a slim horizontal taillight strip: We are standing in front of a prototype of the 2019 Audi Q8, which is poised to lead the growing SUV portfolio of the Volkswagen Group’s premium luxury brand. Read the rest of the story HERE

‘Audi Q8 Unleashed’ Series Drops Initial Episodes

So it appears the Audi Q8 Unleashed video series hosted over on the Q8.audi microsite have been... well... unleashed. As we mentioned when the microsite first dropped, it appears Audi is tapping its inner Netflix with this particular marketing effort. It's got all of the feel of a Netflix series with high production value backdrops, credits to Four Rings Studios, quick flashbacks to let you know what you missed in the last three minute episode should you not be binge watching them. ...

More Audi Q8 Drawings Revealed

The rollout for the new Audi Q8 crossover continues, this week with two new drawings from the Audi design team dropped on the model's current microsite at q8.audi. As is known thus far, the Q8 will be a new more sporting crossover that slots above the Q7. In as much, it'll be the Audi brand's crossover q-ship. Figure more luxury and more performance. While the Q8 is all that's being promoted right now, we know from press rumors and spy photography that hotter versions are expected. Li...