The hybrid car sector was badly blurred at the beginning of the decade which is attracting a close. Gasoline and electric technology have often been a part of science fairs, saving fuel while making boring cars less exciting. As 2020 approaches, all automotive manufacturers in the automotive industry are turning the definition of a hybrid vehicle on their head with compelling models that surpass the amount of their drivetrain parts. The Audi RS Q8 2020 is one of them.
The RS Q8 is a sporty development of the Q8 positioned at the top of the Audi Sport SUV lineup. It was presented at the Los Angeles Auto Show 2019, and we still have several months before it comes to market, so the German company has not yet finalized prices, trim levels and other market-specific details. We don’t know how much it will cost, but keep in mind that the regular Q8 carries a base price of $ 68,200, so the price is almost certain to start above the six-digit mark. This is just a guess. Full details will appear in the coming weeks until the US sale date.
I thought I would never ask. Let’s understand one more thing: It is not a fuel-splashing hatchback like the Toyota Prius, and if its engine shuts down like the Q5 TFSI E., it is Mobil. Its main source of power is the powerful 600-Hr twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8. And 590 lb-ft of torque. The eight-wheel axle revolves around the latest development of an eight-speed automatic transmission and time-tested Quattro all-wheel drive system. If you are struggling with déjà vu, it is probably because the drive system itself supports the second generation RS 7 Sportback, a car so fast that it left my phone when I first drove it gave. The RS6 Avant that eventually led the US is also using it.
So far, so good, except that it doesn’t sound like a hybrid, does it? Keep reading the spec sheet and you’ll learn about the 48-volt belt-alternator driver and the V8 starts with a shock after stopping in the light to save a fuel, many of which save electronics in a lightweight hybrid system Is surprisingly compact, so these components are not part of the cabin space to challenge passengers or their luggage. You do not even notice its presence. He toilets quietly in the background without drawing unnecessary attention to himself, and the driver never needs to think about the system.
Audi engineers added another series to the RS Q8 arc. Its on-demand cylinder technology does exactly what it thinks. To be clear, this is not part of the hybrid, but turns off the V8 to a frugal V4 by closing the four cylinders when additional power is not required. If you are going to the store to buy dinner before your husband’s parents arrive, you have to cover the entire output of the V8. If you are driving all the way, barely touching the throttle, you won’t even notice that the four cylinders are sleeping.
The RS Q8 plays hybrid under the radar, but the Audi logo is proud of its nose. Sit behind the wheel, and you’ll be surrounded by materials that are pleasant to see and touch. The basic cockpit design matches the regular Q8 model, and what you find in other recent additions to the company’s range, such as the A7 Fastback and A6 sedan. In the driver’s seat, you configure a digital instrument cluster with buttons on the steering wheel. The driver can, for example, extend the map to the full width of the 12.3-inch screen, or opt for a sporty RS design.
If the car is off, it seems that the infotainment system has no touch screen; This is because it merges with the black panel on the dashboard. Turning the ignition on (a quarter-volume button next to the short gear selector) activates the display and turns on the Audi MMI Touch Response Infotainment System. The RS Q8’s powertrain shows how hybrid technology has arrived in just 10 short years, and the infotainment system proves that in-vehicle communication has become more advanced at the same time. Fortunately, early systems absorbed globally; No wonder Apple CarPlay and Android Auto have become extremely popular as ready alternatives to the original software packaged in new cars.
The main interface of the MMI Touch Response is displayed on a 10.1-inch touch screen, and is similar to a smartphone in the sense that the main menu has clearly defined icons that are logically arranged in rows. Love is the power to do it again – like a phone. Graphics are sharp and color-coded when needed, which makes the program easy to use despite a wealth of information. It has a second 8.6-inch screen, with other functions directly below it. It typically uses heavy disks, knobs, and sliders to adjust heavy disk settings, and handwriting recognition technology allows users to manually type an address in an infotainment system.
There is a wireless phone charger under the center armrest, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility are standard. I’ve been at Android Camp since receiving my first smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy S II, in 2011, so I can’t comment on what CarPlay looks like, but turning on Android Auto is as simple and straightforward as you’d expect. . Plug it in, wait for the car and phone to talk to each other, and you’re good to go. The system looks sharp on the Audi touch screen. Speaking of which, it is a good idea to carry the microfiber cloth, as fingerprints appear on the screen after a few hours of use.
The Q8 is not Audi’s biggest SUV, and it belongs to the honor Q7, but it is much larger and huge in contrast. I’m 5 feet 11 inches tall, and I can sit behind myself without touching the driver’s seat. The rear seat is sufficient for three average-sized adults, and the trunk provides 30.5 cubic feet of space for your gear.