Large wheels, low ground clearance, sophisticated aerodynamics and a sporty yet elegant design. These are the words that perfectly describe the upcoming Audi Q8. According to German magazine AutoBild, Audi will introduce in 2015 a Q8 Coupe, a vehicle based on the next-generation Q7, that will take on cars such as the Bmw X7 or the Mercedes-Benz GL Coupe.
Audi will offer a splendid automobile featuring a striking design consisting of an updated front grille, redesigned LED lights, flared wings and futuristic taillights. Comparing it with the new Q7, the Q8 will be positioned higher and despite its size it will be an elegant vehicle. If the Q7 successor will offer a four-cylinder gasoline engine, the upcoming Q8 will probably ditch the powerplant as Audi wants to offer a more expensive third-row SUV.
Still, the Audi Q8 might receive the four-cylinder engine but only in the hybrid version. The well-known 3.0-liter V6 diesel and petrol engine will be the most popular choices on the Q8, but Audi will also offer a mower powerful V8 petrol engine with around 435 hp. Moreover, a V8 diesel engine will be available, developing around 400 hp. All Audi Q8 models will be offered as standard with an eight-speed automatic transmission.
With a height of 1.70 meters (5.6 ft.), the new Audi Q8 concept boasts of a silhouette that also evokes tautness. Since the doors have no window frames, the concept has a flat roofline. All lines on the body flow upward dynamically rearwards – to the bottom edge of the side window, the dynamic line, the shoulders as well as the sill lines. Moreover, the surfaces of the fenders, doors as well as side panels are sportily curved. A deep fillet is formed by the lower section of the doors.
The new Audi Q8 concept also features a quattro logo milled below the rear doors, exterior mirrors with multifaceted edges, as well as doors that could be opened via touch sensors. As soon as the door senses hand contact, it opens and swings to a certain opening angle.
Meanwhile, the extremely flat and very wide C-pillar and the strongly flared shoulders over the wheels of the Audi Q8 concept evoke the Audi Ur-quattro of the 1980s, placing the new study among the show cars of the Audi Prologue series. Its balanced proportions highlight the front and rear wheels equally while the accentuated wheel arches comes with a double design. The Bombay blue exterior paint of the Q8 concept is contrasted by brushed aluminum finish of sill region of the doors.
The rear end, meanwhile, is marked by a long roof edge spoiler, a flat rear window, as well as a double spoiler lip below that forms a characteristic contour on the power luggage compartment hatch. The light strip spanning the width of the rear end forms part of a distinctive e-tron light signature, while serving as the tail lamps, brake light and dynamic turn signals. The four outer rear lighting elements are set in aluminum blades, mirroring the semantics of the headlights. All lighting functions on the rear are dynamic, which each element of the tail lights is also open.
A black trim strip between the lights serves as the home for the license plate of the Audi Q8 concept. The concept features a diffuser made of aluminum and clasp made of high-gloss Carbon Atlas. Aluminum and Carbon Atlas are employed around the headlights.
Inside, the Audi Q8 concept could comfortably and luxuriously accommodate four persons and their large suitcases, with luggage compartment able to carry up to 630 liters (22.2 cu. ft.). The cockpit’s sportiness and elegance are emphasized by widely stretched lines. A console for the shift-by-wire lever – through which the eight-speed tiptronic transmission could be controlled purely electronically – is found virtually floating above the center tunnel. Interestingly, the looks of the console is similar to the stern of a sailing yacht.