Autocar further maintains that Q8 E-Tron will borrow its front- and rear-mounted electric motors (good for around 375 horsepower) from the recently revived R8 E-Tron, and the model could be ready as soon as 2017. This sporty CUV is expected to have a much greater range than the two-door electric sports car, however. Figure on about 370 miles thanks to room for extra batteries.
The still-not-confirmed Q8 range is expected to be offered with gasoline, diesel and plug-in hybrid powertrains, and will ride on the same platform as the Q7, albeit fitted with sleeker styling. Like all of Audi's upper-end offerings, it will make extensive use of aluminum for the body and chassis to keep weight down.
While word is that it's likely that Audi will build the Q8, the idea of dedicated EV version is still very much a rumor. Audi is pushing electrification because many cities, especially those in Europe, are instituting carbon-dioxide emissions limits within their city centers. However, whether Audi is willing to gamble on such a large electric vehicle is still up for debate.