Audi e-tron Sportback and RS Q8 to debut at LA show

By CARSIFU | 19 November 2019

SINGAPORE: The brand with the four rings will be showcasing the series-production version of its electric Audi e-tron Sportback at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The four-door model combines the elegance of a large coupe with the progressive character of an electric vehicle.

The e-tron Sportback features innovative Digital Matrix headlights – a first for a series-production vehicle.

These can light the way in front of the car with unprecedented precision thanks to a million or so micromirrors.

The e-tron Sportback shares its powertrain with the Audi e-tron SUV and will be built at the same production location in Brussels.

The top model in the Q product line will be appearing for the first time in the form of the Audi RS Q8. Powered by an eight-cylinder twin-turbo engine, the RS Q8 will offer performance to match.

Its capabilities will be complemented by exceptional efficiency. That is because it features a mild hybrid (MHEV) system based on a 48-volt main electrical system. With its belt alternator starter, the RS Q8 can recover up to 12kW of power to its lithium-ion battery.

As a result, it can “glide” for up to 40 seconds with the engine switched off at speeds between 55 and 160kph. Under partial load and at low engine speeds, the Audi RS Q8 offers another weapon in its armory for improving efficiency: cylinder deactivation.

The Audi e-tron Sportback and the Audi RS Q8 will be on show at the Audi stand during the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show starting on the press day on Nov 20.