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Audi Turns Q8 E-Tron Into Dakar Racer Wannabe

15 Jan 2024
  • What are the design features and specifications of the Audi Q8 E-Tron Off-Road Edition?

Audi, the German luxury car manufacturer, is taking electric SUVs to new heights, literally. Building on the success of the purpose-built Dakar racer, the RS Q E-Tron, Audi is now introducing a special edition of the Q8 E-Tron, blending electrification with off-road prowess. While the automotive world eagerly awaits the electric version of the G-Class from Mercedes, Audi is making a bold move in the realm of electric off-road vehicles.

Elevating the Adventure: Q8 E-Tron Off-Road Edition

Elevating the Adventure: Q8 E-Tron Off-Road Edition

Mercedes may be gearing up for an electric G-Class, but Audi is not waiting around. The Q8 E-Tron Off-Road Edition takes a step beyond the standard luxury SUV, receiving a subtle yet effective off-road treatment. Audi has equipped this special edition with a factory lift kit, propelling the Q8 E-Tron to new heights – literally. With an additional 1.2 inches of ground clearance compared to its standard counterpart, this electric SUV stands ready to conquer diverse terrains. What truly sets the Q8 E-Tron Off-Road Edition apart is its footwear. The vehicle is shod with General Grabber AT3 all-terrain tires, providing the necessary grip to tackle challenging landscapes. The robust tires not only enhance the off-road capabilities but also contribute to the vehicle's adventurous aesthetic. Whether it's rocky trails or muddy paths, the Q8 E-Tron is prepared to tread confidently.

Audi's engineers have left no stone unturned in ensuring the Q8 E-Tron Off-Road Edition is a true off-road champion. The air suspension system has been meticulously modified to meet the demands of off-road driving. With a maximum wading depth of 11.8 inches, this electric SUV can confidently navigate through water obstacles, opening up a new world of exploration.

The Q8 E-Tron Off-Road Edition doesn't just raise the bar – it adapts to the terrain dynamically. As speeds vary, the vehicle automatically adjusts its ride height. It lowers itself by 0.59 inches at 53 mph, 0.66 inches at 62 mph, and 0.51 inches at 75 mph, optimizing aerodynamics and stability based on the driving conditions.

Audi proudly claims that the Q8 E-Tron Off-Road Edition is ready to "tackle light off-road terrain" with its impressive 20-degree approach and 26-degree departure angles. The ramp angle, measuring the maximum angle at which the vehicle can traverse a ramp without the underbody touching the edge, stands at 19 degrees. These off-road credentials ensure that the Q8 E-Tron is not merely a city slicker but a versatile companion for those who seek adventure beyond paved roads.

As Audi continues to push the boundaries of electric mobility, the Q8 E-Tron Off-Road Edition stands as a testament to the brand's commitment to innovation and versatility. With its rugged aesthetics, adaptive dynamics, and purposeful modifications, this electric SUV is not just an urban cruiser – it's a trailblazer. The off-road prowess of the Q8 E-Tron Off-Road Edition adds a new chapter to Audi's legacy, inviting adventure enthusiasts to experience the thrill of electric mobility in the great outdoors.

Wael Nakhle

BY Wael Nakhle

Wael is an automotive content writer specializes in creating written content for Motor 283. Producing a wide range of content, including blog posts, articles, product descriptions, reviews, and technical guides related to cars, trucks, motorcycles, and other vehicles, with an unprecedented passion for cars, and motorcycles.

AL TAYER MOTORS SIGNS ELECTRIC VEHICLE MANUFACTURER VINFAST AUTO

29 May 2024
AL TAYER MOTORS SIGNS ELECTRIC VEHICLE MANUFACTURER VINFAST AUTO

Al Tayer Motors, one of the UAE’s premier automotive dealerships, has signed an exclusive agreement with electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer, VinFast Auto, for the distribution of VinFast vehicles in the country.

With the signing of this agreement, Al Tayer Motors becomes VinFast Auto's exclusive UAE dealer and will establish a network of facilities for the brand across the country. The inaugural facility is planned to open in 2024 and will initially retail four VinFast e-SUV models, VF 6, VF 7, VF 8, and VF 9, with more to follow.

Kia EV3 delivers elevated electric SUV experience for all with innovative technology and advanced design beyond its class

28 May 2024
Kia EV3 delivers elevated electric SUV experience for all with innovative technology and advanced design beyond its class

Kia has today revealed full details of the new Kia EV3, the company’s dedicated compact EV SUV. With its combination of bold design, innovative technology, and groundbreaking features, the EV3 sets new standards never before seen in the compact EV SUV sector.

Drawing on Kia’s advanced technology and customer-focused values of the brand’s larger, multi-award-winning EV9 SUV, the EV3 carves out its own identity. It brings a unique, immersive experience to the compact EV SUV sector. By significantly exceeding customers’ expectations, the EV3 will broaden the appeal and elevate the perception of EV SUVs.

“By providing groundbreaking design, an industry-leading electric drivetrain, and practical, innovative lifestyle solutions, the EV3 aims to extend Kia’s exceptional EV SUV experience to a wider audience. With a WLTP driving range of up to 560km and fast-charging capability, the EV3 addresses common concerns about electric vehicles. It will reassure those who may have been hesitant to make the switch to electric mobility and will lead the mass adoption of EVs,” said Ho Sung Song, President and CEO at Kia.

Everrati and W Motors Join Forces to Further Develop and Manufacture EVs

23 May 2024
Everrati and W Motors Join Forces to Further Develop and Manufacture EVs

Everrati, the leading technology company specializing in redefining and future-proofing automotive icons through cutting-edge electric vehicle (EV) powertrains, is delighted to announce a strategic partnership with W Motors, a luxury hypercar manufacturer and mobility solutions provider based in Dubai, UAE. This collaboration is set to revolutionize the landscape of bespoke electric vehicles across multiple sectors in the Middle East and beyond.