Audi’s new luxury flagship is no longer the A8 but its SUV sibling, the all-new Q8. People are buying more SUVs than ever before, placing them in the rarefied atmosphere of top-end luxury, so that’s where we drove it, 4500 metres high in the Atacama Desert in Chile.
I found a place where man and machine come together. Where they share something in common; oxygen and when there’s not enough of it, it has the same affect on both.
Driving the Audi Q8 in the Atacama desert on the edge of the Andes in Chile, we pulled over at the roadside to take in the stunning scenery at just under 15,000 feet above sea level which in metric terms is 4520 metres.
I got out of the car and took in yet more water as we were warned about the dangers of dehydration even if it didn’t feel like it. Leaning against the hood of the big Audi, its thermo fans were sucking in copious amounts of air to cool the 3-litre, diesel V6 and its two turbos.
We were like a double act as I was doing the same, taking in as much oxygen as I could, not as if I’d just completed a marathon, but more like a strenuous walk up a few flights of stairs, but definitely more than I should from just walking to the front of the car. [To be continued...]
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...]