Audi just pulled the production covers off its flagship SUV, known as the Q8. After numerous renderings and teases, we finally know what this racy crossover looks like. The thing is, we think it bears a strong resemblance to the high-end Bentley Bentayga. The official images show off the Q8 in orange, a very similar color to what's offered on the Bentayga. VW also owns both Audi and Bentley. A coincidence? We think not.
The Q8 is the much-anticipated flagship SUV for the German brand, and even though it's based on the 7-passenger Q7, it's actually lower, shorter, wider than its stablemate. The exterior styling is far more dramatic than the Q7 thanks to the prominent grille, more rakish greenhouse, the full-width LED taillight strip, and the huge 22-inch wheels. If you put it next to the Bentayga (another VW product, just like the Q8), the look is very similar
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The sumptuous interiors even bear some similarities with their diamond quilted luxury leather seating, four-spoke steering wheels, aluminum
The Q8 will no doubt cost much less than the $229,100 base price of the entry-level V8 Bentayga, but both vehicles provide premium materials, edgy styling, and four-season traction. The Q8 will no doubt appeal to a slightly younger (but still affluent) set. The Bentayga imparts a much more upscale ethos thanks to its branding and its bespoke interior.
Unlike the Bentayga, the Q8 utilizes a 48-volt hybrid setup as the top engine choice, which contains a lithium-ion battery and a belt alternator starter paired with a gasoline engine. V6 and V8