Audi is highlighting its participation within the Dakar Rally by launching a limited-edition model of the Q8 E-Tron referred to as Version Dakar. The electrical SUV receives extra floor clearance, obtainable edition-specific exterior accents and decals, and a set of off-road-ready tires.
Suspension modifications and Normal Grabber AT3 tires come collectively to extend the Q8 E-Tron’s floor clearance by a bit of over an inch, although the system stays programmed to drop as velocity will increase to cut back drag and enhance driving vary. In its highest setting, the SUV gives strategy, break-over, and departure angles of 20, 19, and 26 levels, respectively. It definitely will not sustain with a Jeep Wrangler on the Rubicon Path, nevertheless it needs to be able to going a bit of farther off the crushed path than the regular-production Q8 E-Tron.
Visually, the Version Dakar stands out from the Q8 E-Tron with wider flares on the wheel arches and Mythos Black Metallic exterior trim. Patrons could have three colors referred to as Siam Beige Metallic, Mythos Black Metallic, and Magnetic Grey, respectively, to select from, and the checklist of choices features a decal package deal designed as a tribute to the plug-in hybrid RS Q E-Tron that represents Audi within the Dakar Rally.
The lengthy checklist of normal options consists of Matrix LED exterior lighting, the S-Line inside (which notably provides sport seats), a sport steering wheel, and brushed matte aluminum inside trim. Off-road and summer time units of tires are each included, so ensure you’ve received additional area in your storage, and each Version Dakar will get a roof rack in addition to particular, rally-inspired graphics for the infotainment system’s show.
Audi did not make any drivetrain modifications. Energy comes from a pair of electrical motors that draw electrical energy from a 106-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack to zap the 4 wheels with 402 horsepower and 488 pound-feet of torque when a lift mode kicks in. Audi quotes a zero-to-62-mph time of 5.9 seconds with the meaty tires and as much as 302 miles of vary when examined on the WLTP cycle utilized in Europe, which tends to lean towards the optimistic facet of the dimensions. Fitting customary street tires shaves a tenth of a second from the dash to 62 mph.
On sale now the Audi Q8 E-Tron Version Dakar carries a base value of €120,000 in Germany, which represents about $131,000 on the present conversion fee. Manufacturing is restricted to 99 items. We have requested about availability for our market, and we’ll replace this story if we study extra.