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Audi adds smaller oil-burner to European Q8 range


Set to arrive in South Africa later this year after making its first public showing at the Kyalami Festival of Motoring in August last year, Audi has added a second turbodiesel engine to the Q8 range in Europe, bringing the number of options to three.

Effectively a detuned version of the oil burner that debuted in the coupe-esque crossover in June last year, the 3.0-litre V6 mill carries the 45 TDI moniker and also comes with a 48-volt electric motor for a mild-hybrid setup that produces 170kW/500Nm.

Joining the 50 TDI that makes 210kW/600Nm as well as the petrol-fuelled 55 TFSI whose 3.0-litre V6 punches out 330kW/700Nm, the 45 TDI also takes over as the entry-level Q8 sold on the Old Continent, with the drive being routed to all four wheels via an eight-speed Tiptronic gearbox.

Able to accelerate from 0-100km/h in 7.1 seconds and reach a top speed of 244km/h, compared to the 55 TDI’s 6.3 seconds and limited top speed of 250km/h with the 55 TFSI featuring the same v-max but getting to 100km/h in 5.9 seconds, the 45 TDI also brings the Q8’s starting price down from €76 300 (R1 221 259 to €73 300 (R1 173 241).

At present, Audi South Africa is still to announce a local launch date as well as final specification.

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