Audi makes use of Dakar Rally involvement to spin off a particular Q8 e-tron, suits a roof rack

Revealed: 03 Jan 2024

The 2024 Dakar Rally kicks off in a few days and Audi can be hoping that its range-extending RS Q e-tron can enhance on its debut efficiency in 2022, the place Mattias Ekström and Emil Bergkvist completed ninth in school.

It’ll even be hoping that its involvement can promote a number of highway automobiles, as a result of it has now revealed a particular version to have fun the world’s hardest off-road rally. 

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Sadly, this isn’t some homologation particular RS Q e-tron with numberplates. The ‘Version Dakar’ is predicated on a Q8 55 e-tron quattro, which (for people who haven’t obtained to grips with the ludicrous naming system) is Audi’s greatest electrical SUV with a 106kWh battery and twin electrical motors producing 402bhp and 490lb ft of torque. 

You received’t be stunned to listen to that the powertrain has remained utterly normal for the Q8 e-tron Version Dakar, then. Audi reckons you’ll get 280 miles of vary and a 0-62mph dash of 5.9 seconds out of it although, which appears acceptable.

And once you have a look at the Version Dakar, you’ll be able to see why the vary has taken a success from the usual automobile’s 300+ miles. The obvious distinction is the wheels, which are actually 18-inches as normal and are fitted with chunky Common Grabber AT3 all-terrain tyres. Oh, and the air suspension has been lifted, so – when mixed with the taller tyres – there’s 65 millimetres extra floor clearance than an ordinary Q8 e-tron. The observe can be 57mm wider.

The roof rack is normal match for the Version Dakar and will be loaded with 40kg price of off-roading gubbins, and inside you get the sporty S line inside paired with some branded particular version flooring mats. Particular puddle lights too, after all.

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Different alterations from the usual automobile? Nicely, the central infotainment display screen now has some sandy background photographs and there’s a display screen that can inform you the automobile’s present tilt angle, however apart from that it’s only a fairly regular electrical SUV. No roll cage or motorsport-spec comms system right here.

And sadly, there received’t be any first rate colors out there for the Version Dakar both. Audi says it will likely be out there in black, white or gray, and irrespective of which color you select the arches and decrease physique sections can be painted black. Boring!

Simply 1,000 examples can be constructed to start with, and every Version Dakar will price (we hope you’re sitting down) €120,000. Ouch. Though if you wish to drop much more money, there may even be the wrapped model that you simply see above, full with RS Q e-tron type graphics. Simply 99 of these can be constructed at a price of €130,000. Doesn’t seem like it’ll be offered within the UK although – Audi has solely confirmed gross sales in left-hand drive markets to this point. 

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However in the event you’re sat there considering that every one of that is reasonably pointless and that not one of the Version Dakars will ever go off-road then maybe it’s time to suppose once more, as a result of Audi has already allow us to free within the desert in a single. Click on these blue phrases for our prototype evaluate…



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