Confident off-road and on-road: The Audi Q8 e-tron edition Dakar

Confident off-road and on-road: The Audi Q8 e-tron edition Dakar

The Audi Q8 e-tron edition Dakar is based on a Q8 advanced 55 e-tron quattro. The net battery size is 106 kWh (gross: 114 kWh) and the quattro drivetrain, with its two motors, delivers 300 kW in boost mode with a torque of 664 Nm. This means the vehicle accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.8 seconds with the standard tires. With the General Grabber AT3 all-terrain tires, the car reaches 100 km/h in 5.9 seconds. The range according to the WLTP is up to 483 kilometers. The top speed is limited to 200 km/h (124 mph).


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Compared with the base model, the electric SUV with General Grabber AT3 all-terrain tires has a higher ground clearance of 31 millimeters and is designed for improved handling on loose surfaces such as gravel and snow. In the base setting, the vehicle has a ground clearance of 206 millimeters. At higher speeds, the vehicle gradually lowers – by 15 millimeters at 85 km/h (53 mph), 17 millimeters at 100 km/h (62 mph), and 13 millimeters at 120 km/h (75 mph).


Confident off-road and on-road: The Audi Q8 e-tron edition Dakar


This optimizes driving stability at high speeds for improved aerodynamics and range. In conjunction with the front angle approach of 20 degrees and the rear angle approach of 26 degrees, the electric SUV is well prepared to tackle light off-road terrain. The vehicle has a ramp angle of 19 degrees. The control strategy for the air suspension has also been revised to meet typical off-road driving requirements. The wading depth is 300 mm.

Distinctive exterior accentuates sporty off-road look

The Q8 e-tron edition Dakar is available in Siam Beige metallic, Mythos Black metallic, and Magnetic Gray. The Singleframe always comes in body color. The Singleframe’s projection light, along with its light strip, creates a consistent connection between the headlights. The Bottom Line is finished in Mythos Black metallic, adding stability. Wider wheel arch trims at the front and rear give the Q8 e-tron edition Dakar a confident road presence. Opening the driver’s door projects “edition Dakar” onto the street with LED lights.


Confident off-road and on-road: The Audi Q8 e-tron edition Dakar


The exclusive key cover reflects the edition Dakar’s class. Optionally, a convenience key with anti-theft alarm opens doors and the luggage compartment via wireless communication. Sensors on the door handles allow the key to lock the vehicle. The Q8 e-tron edition Dakar can be fitted with a unique decal package inspired by the legendary RS Q e-tron. Starting with the body color Mythos Black metallic, the car receives a partial embellishment.


Confident off-road and on-road: The Audi Q8 e-tron edition Dakar


This means that the wrap uses purposeful transparencies and does not mask the entire surface, even though all exterior components are treated. The wrapped models are limited to 99 units. On the D-pillar, the special model’s serial number can be seen in frosted lettering.

The edition Dakar features extensive standard equipment

The comfort features of the Audi Q8 e-tron edition Dakar correspond to those of a typical luxury model. The special edition model rolls off the production line with Matrix LED headlights and taillights as standard for precise and high-resolution road illumination. Standard equipment also includes tinted sun visors for the tailgate, rear door, and side windows. On the inside, the S line interior is now standard: This package includes deeply contoured sports seats upholstered in Dinamica microfiber and artificial leather.


Confident off-road and on-road: The Audi Q8 e-tron edition Dakar


The vehicle also features a multifunction sport leather steering wheel, an elegant black roof lining, stainless steel pedals, and a comfort center armrest. The decorative inlays come in brushed matte aluminum, while the door sills feature aluminum inserts. The upper part of the instrument panel and the lower interior elements are finished in black artificial leather. The Audi Sport stitching package in red is available as an option. It adds contrasting accents with colored stitching on the sport seats, steering wheel, knee pads, and door armrests. The seat belts are also trimmed in red to blend in perfectly with the cabin’s sporty feel.

A head-up display supplements the screens. It projects important information right onto the windshield – the projections seem to float in front of the driver. Another new feature is a display in the MMI operating system that shows information the vehicle’s tilt angle. Plus, Audi offers MMI background images on the MMI display created especially for the edition Dakar.


Confident off-road and on-road: The Audi Q8 e-tron edition Dakar


The panoramic glass roof enhances the interior’s brightness, creating an impression of lightness and spaciousness. The glass element can be opened and closed electronically for added convenience.

Audi has crafted theme worlds in the MMI display exclusively for the edition Dakar. These include MMI background images and coordinated ambient lighting. The vehicle’s essence is portrayed through three scenes: from desert thunderstorms and tire tracks to a dune landscape. The Audi phone box enhances phone convenience by wirelessly connecting the driver’s smartphone and charging it through inductive technology, linking it to the car antenna. The edition Dakar also includes the City and Tour assistance packages as standard features.


Confident off-road and on-road: The Audi Q8 e-tron edition Dakar


The Q8 e-tron edition Dakar is equipped with robust features that highlight its practicality. The storage and luggage compartment package is included as a standard feature, featuring a durable luggage compartment liner and sturdy floor mats with edition lettering. Additionally, the special edition comes with a standard roof rack, capable of holding up to 40 kilograms (88 lbs.) and accommodating various items. The roof rack package includes a bag and straps for securing accessories. For added convenience, there’s a second charging socket compatible with the Combined Charging System Type 2 (CCS2) to charge the high-voltage battery. The e-tron charging system provides everything adventure-seekers need to charge their vehicle, whether at home, with friends, or at a vacation home.

The Q8 e-tron edition Dakar is delivered with eight tires. The car comes fitted with General Grabber AT3 all-terrain tires for excellent off-road resilience. The tires also ensure improved grip on a variety of surfaces including gravel, stony terrain, mountain and forest paths, and snow. The special tread pattern optimizes acceleration as well as braking and lateral control quality while also enabling the tires to efficiently self-clean, especially when driving on muddy surfaces. The Grabber AT3 tires also have excellent driving characteristics and low noise emission on asphalt roads for significantly increased driving comfort. The all-terrain tires have an M+S marking, meaning they are suitable for year-round use. A set of summer tires on 20-inch wheels in an attractive 5-V spoke S design is also included with the Q8 e-tron edition Dakar.

More light, visibility, and sound: Special features

The optional ambient light package plus with six predefined color profiles stages the interior to great effect. Featuring extensive contour lights in up to 30 colors, it precisely traces the elemental lines of the interior. As an alternative to the standard two-zone automatic air conditioning, Audi offers four-zone automatic air conditioning. The system can use an optional second high-voltage heater to noticeably increase the heating power. This means that the interior warms up faster in very cold conditions, while the additional battery heater ensures that the battery is ready for charging in very low temperatures. The optional Bang & Olufsen Premium Sound System with 3D sound gives the electric SUV an even greater high-end sound experience. It drives 16 speakers with 705 watts of power.

The optionally available virtual side mirrors with cameras reduce the overall width of the vehicle by 15 centimeters, improving the drag coefficient. The virtual mirrors provide clearer visibility than conventional mirrors in dusty or wet off-road conditions.