It makes you wonder how modern cars like the Q8 have been engineered to such a degree that we can drive literally from the showroom to the edge of civilization

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Audi Q8: Driving Beyond The Clouds 


You can’t deny that SUVs are leading the charge in global car sales, so Audi has taken on the luxury heavyweights with a step above its successful family mobile Q7 with the limo-like Q8. We took it to the edge of civilization, 4500 metres high to give it a real workout.


The effects of altitude should never be under estimated on either man or machine as we discovered whilst driving the Audi Q8 luxury SUV at over 4500metres, or 15,000 feet, above sea level in Chile’s Atacama desert. 


As I climbed from the Q8 to take in the scenery of this stunning landscape, I leant against the hood of the big Audi, listening to its thermo fans silently humming away to cool the 3-litre, diesel V6 and its two turbochargers.


Not surprisingly in an environment where both car and human perform at just 57 per cent of their capacity due to the thin air, I was doing the same, taking in as much... [To be continued...]

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