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Off-roading in the new Audi Q8 e-tron Edition Dakar

Does the new Audi Q8 e-tron Edition Dakar stand a chance against the rugged landscapes of Oman? Find out how the electric car fares at off-roading.

Nimisha Jain

Words by: Nimisha Jain

Published on 22 February 2024 | 0 min read

You don't often see electric cars scaling the sides of mountains or traversing great fords. In fact, you'd be forgiven for thinking no-one drives an electric car outside of quaint suburbs and nifty city centres. But Audi’s Q8 Edition Dakar is here to prove all of that wrong, in spectacular fashion.
The Q8 Edition Dakar is Audi’s all-new, electric SUV. But what's different about this electric car is that it's built for off-roading, inspired by Audi's RS Q e-tron concept car which will be competing in the 2024 Dakar Rally - a renowned off-road endurance race. Rory pits the Audi Q8 Edition Dakar against Oman’s challenging terrain to find out if electric cars can really handle off-roading. So who will win, the electric sceptics or the modern-day electric car. Watch the video to find out...
The Audi Q8 Edition Dakar includes a few technical changes that help enhance the car's off-roading capabilities, although this comes at the cost of the car's range.
The Audi is fitted with 57mm-wider 18-inch wheels as standard, a raised suspension for more ground clearance, a roof rack capable of loading up to 40 kilos, and all-terrain tyres for improved traction to provide you with the best off-roading capabilities. On the road, the car's instantaneous torque and its off-roading driving mode help maximise performance and comfort for driving on uneven roads. The one thing that stands out when off-roading in the Audi Q8 Edition Dakar is that the drive itself is much quieter with it being an electric car. In terms of looks, the Audi may not compete with the most stylish of features and accessories in some SUVs, but for drivers looking to combine the thrill of off-roading with the experience of driving an electric car, the Q8 Edition Dakar delivers just that. With its blend of performance, sustainability, and adventure, the Audi Q8 Edition Dakar represents a new era in automotive engineering, proving that electric cars are not only capable of conquering the urban jungle but also great in the outdoors. Ready for an adrenaline-fuelled journey? – Watch our video to find out how the Audi performs on this rocky adventure while enjoying the camels, beaches, and mountains of Oman. And if you’ve not already, subscribe to our YouTube channel and hit the notification bell to make sure you’re always up to date with the latest Auto Trader videos.

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