Dakar-Inspired Audi Q8 e-tron Edition

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Dakar-Inspired Audi Q8 e-tron Edition

As Team Audi Sport gears up to take on the gruelling Dakar Rally for the third time with its RS Q e-tron prototype, the German automaker is not only conquering the off-road challenges but also infusing Dakar’s inspiration into its road cars. The latest testament to this off-road legacy is the Audi Q8 e-tron edition Dakar, a captivating blend of electrification and ruggedness that promises to captivate adventure seekers and EV enthusiasts alike.

The Audi Q8 e-tron edition Dakar stands out with a 31mm-higher ride height, providing ample ground clearance for off-road excursions. This elevation dynamically adjusts as the vehicle reaches higher speeds, ensuring stability and aerodynamic efficiency. To tackle rough terrain confidently, the Q8 e-tron Dakar edition is equipped with General Grabber AT3 all-terrain tires, offering impressive traction on various surfaces.

For those seeking a distinctive touch, Audi will offer a limited number of edition models with a unique decal package inspired by the iconic Dakar Rally car. As a nod to its racing heritage, the Q8 e-tron edition also features puddle lights that project the words "edition Dakar" onto the streets, leaving a lasting impression wherever it goes.

Under the hood, the Audi Q8 e-tron edition Dakar is powered by a dual-motor all-wheel-drive system generating 300kW of electrifying power. The heart of this electric SUV is a 114 kWh battery pack, providing a claimed WLTP range of up to 487 kilometres, ensuring that you can explore remote destinations without worrying about running out of charge.

While the Q8 e-tron edition is set to hit European markets in the first quarter of 2024, its availability in South Africa still needs to be confirmed. However, Audi South Africa is eyeing an expansion of its electric vehicle (EV) lineup, with the Audi Q8 e-tron and the smaller Q6 e-tron potentially making their debut later in 2024. This move aligns with Audi's global strategy to electrify its product portfolio.

Audi SA CEO Sascha Sauer expressed optimism about the EV market but emphasised the need for government support through favourable taxation schemes. Lowering import duties and providing incentives can make electric vehicles more competitively priced for consumers, fostering the growth of the EV market in South Africa.

In late November, South Africa's Cabinet approved the White Paper on Electric Vehicles, focusing on local production of EVs but deferring purchasing incentives due to the ongoing power crisis. Like other automakers, Audi eagerly anticipates government announcements to facilitate the transition to electric mobility.

Beyond the electrification front, Audi South Africa has exciting plans for 2024, including facelifted versions of popular models such as the A3, RS 3, Q7, and Q8. The brand is committed to delivering innovative and compelling options to meet the diverse needs of its customers.

In conclusion, Audi's Dakar-inspired Q8 e-tron edition is a testament to the automaker's commitment to electrification and adventure. As Audi explores new horizons in electric mobility, it awaits government support to accelerate the adoption of sustainable transportation in South Africa, positively impacting both the environment and the automotive landscape.



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