One can argue that it was a case of when rather than if Audi would follow BMW’s X6 with its Q8, which will arrive in SA towards the end of fourth quarter of 2018. Unveiled first at the 2017 Detroit motor show under the guise of the Audi Q8 Sport Concept, it is intriguing to note that the model has been unveiled in China in production garb bearing the same design elements as that concept. The model is new territory for Audi as it will contend with the Mercedes-Benz GLE coupe and the Range Rover Sport in this rather oddball but surprisingly popular niche market. The Q8 will be built on the MLB Evo platform that underpins the Q7, Bentley Bentayga, Porsche Cayenne and the Lamborghini Urus, the latter sharing an uncannily similar rear. Unlike any other Audi that has gone before it, this model takes on a design language that will take some getting used to. It features a prominent 3D grille, large air intakes and a wide stance, with the 22-inch alloys giving it a stocky pose. Moving to the...

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