Despite being a concept model, Audi’s Q8 had created more hype ahead of the Detroit Auto Show than any new model launches. Audi has finally taken the wraps off their Q8 concept on the first day of the NAIAS in Detroit and it seems like it was worth the hype.
“The Q8 concept is an Audi in peak form.” says Dietmar Voggenreiter, Member of the Board of Management for Sales and Marketing at Audi. He goes further to say, “It demonstrates the strengths of our brand in both technology and design while providing a glimpse at a future full-size, production SUV.” And looking at the Q8 concept, what he says sounds very much true.
The concept is much more aggressive design wise. It carries a huge octagonal grille at front with strangely shaped sharp LED headlamps. With the roof floating downwards at the rear it gets a coupe like profile that doesn’t let us realize that it actually is longer and wider than the 2nd generation Q7 SUV. Aggressive attitude continues at the rear too with sleek and sharp LED taillamps and a roof mounted spoiler. The concept stands on big 23-inch wheels.
Whatever Audi has talked about the technology, can be seen in the cabin of the Q8 concept. Except for the steering, there are no control switches on the dashboard. Centre console is covered by so-called “black panel” from where the infotainment system can be controlled. Talking about the space, Q8 concept offers “opulent spaciousness for four persons” with four individual sittings plus a 630 litres of bootspace.
The Q8 coupe -SUV gets power from a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 petrol engine that comes paired with an electric motor and 8-speed automatic gearbox. The combined output of the system stands at 443 horsepower and 700 Nm of torque, good enough to accelerate the Q8 from a standstill to 100 km/h in just 5.4 seconds on its way to an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h. The hybrid powertrain helps it to achieve a claimed fuel efficiency figure of about 43.48 km/l.
Audi promises to launch a production version of this concept in 2018 without many changes. In fact it has already been caught on the camera testing in the production form few days back.
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