Audi has shown off its amazing Audi Q8 Concept at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show providing a look at what it has in store for consumers around the world for the years to come.
Featuring future styling and right in line with what we have seen in the sketches earlier, the Q8 will be more expensive than the Q7 when it is launched later this year. Audi has given its Q8 Concept a coupe-like styling and a very wide and distinct stance in the flesh. The Concept features a two stage grille with a honeycomb insert and a six slat vertical design that is a new direction for Audi. The Q8 Concept was shown off in a new colour – Bombay Blue!
While many of you will feel that the Q8 features a vertical design that looks a lot like the updated Mercedes-Benz AMG GT, we would like to point out that the design of the Q8 is much more aggressive due to the contrast surround that amplifies the grille even further. The headlamps on the Q8 are flanked by an air vent right under them and features the Matrix technology like on the A8, A6 and the R8.
Styling language adopted by Audi for its Q8 Concept continues even when you look at the SUV from the side and few distinct aspects are the sloping roofline and angled tail gate along with the thick C-Pillar that is reminiscent of the original Audi Quattro from the 1980s. The large wheels add to the SUV’s stance.
From the rear, the Q8 adapts the concept SUV design that was showcased in 2016 at the auto show too. The tail lamp (similar to the likes of the Porsche Panamera is one slim and large piece that lights up and the bumper, painted in a shade of contrasting silver gets a diffuser and hexagonal exhaust tips.
Under the skin, the Q8 is a plug-in hybrid. The internal combustion engine is a 3.0 litre petrol TFSI unit with 324 bhp and 500 Nm. The electric motor makes 132 bhp of power and combined, both units produce 436 bhp of peak power and 700 Nm of peak torque. The Q8 concept car is a working prototype and accelerates from 0-100 kmph in 5.4 seconds and on to a top speed of 250 kmph. The electric motor is powered by Lithium Ion batteries and has a capacity of 17.9 kWh. The battery power alone can give the Q8 a range of about 60 kilometers and can be charged up in about two and a half hours.
The Audi Q8 was seen being tested recently will see production form in early 2018 and should be launched soon after as Audi’s flagship SUV offering. The Q8 will go up against the likes of the Porsche Cayenne and Range Rover Sport amongst others.