Audi has released two new six-cylinder engine options for its luxury SUV, the Q8. Beginning now, customers in Europe can choose between a 3.0 litre V6 petrol TFSI, or a V6 TDI.

The first is a 3.0 litre petrol V6 that powers the Q8 55 TFSI – the direct injection engine produces 340 hp at 5,200 to 6,400 rpm and 500 Nm of torque at 1,370 to 4,500 rpm. This is the same engine that will most likely be offered here in Malaysia. Key performance figures include a zero to 100 km/h sprint of 5.9 seconds, and onwards to an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h.

The other engine is an additional version of the 3.0 litre diesel V6, which powers the Q8 45 TDI. In this configuration, it delivers 231 hp and 500 Nm of torque between 1,750 to 3,250 rpm. The oil burner does the century sprint in 7.1 seconds and has a claimed top speed of 233 km/h.

Both engines are paired with Audi’s 48 volt mild hybrid system, which is said to reduce fuel consumption by up to 0.7 litres per 100 km in the real world. The hybrid system is comprised of a lithium-ion battery and a belt alternator starter (BAS) – the latter enables up to 12 kW of energy to be recovered and feeds this into the battery.

At speeds between 55 and 160 km/h, the Q8 can coast for up to 40 seconds with the engine switched off when the driver’s foot is off the accelerator pedal. The BAS then restarts the six-cylinder quickly and very smoothly. The start-stop range begins at 22 km/h. However, it’s unclear if the hybrid system will be offered here in Malaysia.

For transmission, an eight-speed tiptronic unit is in charge of sending power to all four wheels via the automaker’s quattro permanent all-wheel drive. Both 55 TFSI and 45 TDI are fitted with 19-inch wheels with 265/55 tyres as standard. Also equipped are suspension with damper control, Audi drive select dynamic handling system, top infotainment system MMI Navigation plus and the Audi virtual cockpit.

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