Audi presented its new concept model Audi Q8 at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show. The new model demonstrates brand’s talents in engineering, design and performance. It functions usefulness and comfort of typical SUVs but seems sportier and more elegant thanks to coupe-like lines. The 2018 Audi Q8 Concept is also very vibrant and efficient thanks to the advanced powertrain.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?
The new concept model presents the most significant evolution of brand’s design philosophy in years. Additionally it brings the next-generation of infotainment technology and controls. What is also important, this model will get the production edition that’ll come on the market as the 2018 model and may stay against BMW’s X6 and Mercedes GLE Coupe.
AUDI Q8 CONCEPT: DESIGN, SPECS
The Audi Q8 Concept comes with the styling that redefines brand’s design philosophy. It looks more sophisticated and sportier than common SUVs. The model functions sleek body lines and rakish, coupe-like account which put more dynamism to its presence.
The new larger and deeper grille design complemented with slim headlights also give the new identity to contemporary Audi. The new single-frame grille design features new form and it offers outside boards and more straight elements. Audi also gives some design elements that get motivation from the Audi Ur-Quattro from the 80’s. It includes large and flat C-pillars and clearly flared fenders. There is also horizontally-oriented rear side design with full-length taillights.
As for the dimensions, the Concept model is similar in dimensions to the latest Q7. The model has 16.5 legs in total and wheelbase of 9.8 ft. Their wheelbase is actually just 0.3 inches shorter than on the Q7 while it has 1.6 inches less in the length. With 67.2-inch level, it is 1.3-inches less than Audi’s three-row SUV but with its motivated shoulders, the Q8 Concept has 2.9-inches more in width.
Inside, the new concept model brings the new generation of Audi’s technologies. It includes big touch monitors that replace bodily controls with virtual ones. The expanded version of brand’s virtual cockpit is also present as well as the head-up display which projects the picture onto the windshield.
As the Audi says, Q8 Concept also offers ample rear legroom and chair comfort. The rear headroom is also good despite its coupe-like roofline.
AUDI Q8 CONCEPT: POWERTRAIN
Driving the Audi Q8 Concept is a plug-in hybrid program capable of producing the total power of 442 horsepower and torque of 516 lb-ft. The 3.0-liter turbocharged V-6 engine provides 333 hp and 368 lb-ft of torque. There is also 134-hp electric motor working as the portion of the 8-speed automated transmission. The powertrain also includes the lithium-ion battery pack which should provide 37 miles of electric driving range.
The new Concept model has capability of reaching 62 mph in 5.4 seconds while the maximum speed is 155 mph.
AUDI Q8 CONCEPT: PRODUCTION VERSION, RELEASE
The Audi Q8 Concept previews the production edition which should continue sale as the 2018 Audi Q8. The production model should offer the range of V-6 and V-8 engines plus e-tron model. Outside the US, the range of diesel engines will also be available. The RS Q8 with the twin-turbo V-8 and more than 500 hp is also expected. The 2018 Q8 must charge around $5k to $10k more than the Q7.