Audi recently unveiled its Q8 full-size coupe SUV concept at the 2017 North American International Auto Show. Bearing the traditional functionality of an SUV and the sexy and sporty styling cues of a coupe, the Audi Q8 Concept is a near-production study. As such, we could expect most of the design and styling cues on the Audi Q8 Concept shown at the Detroit Auto Show to be brought over to the final production version.
More often than not, the final production version of a certain vehicle looks and feels different from its concept, prototype or design study. Auto companies typically make the vehicle concept more radical, more attractive and more fascinating – all for the sake of catching the attention of the public. By the time the carmaker unveils the production version, it has already been toned down.
Likewise, while a concept is already a near-production model, some design and styling cues might still not make it to the production version. Knowing these, auto styling specialist X-Tomi Design of Tard, Hungary has rendered a version of the Audi Q8 Concept that has been toned down to look like a production version.
X-Tomi got rid of the more radical design cues of the Audi Q8 Concept to create what it deems as the possible final production appearance of this full-size SUV study. To tone down the somewhat revolutionary look of the Audi Q8 Concept, X-Tomi modulated the styling of the grille and the side mirror casings. In addition, X-Tomi toned down the looks of the wheels. Perhaps, the most noticeable styling tweak that X-Tomi implemented on the Audi Q8 Concept is the visual appearance of the headlights.
The headlights on the Audi Q8 Concept feature a radical look thanks to its clear geometry. X-Tomi changed this by employing the headlight design as found on the smaller and current range-topping Audi Q7. Now, there you have it – an Audi Q8 in possible production form, ready to take on the BMW X6 and the Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe.
Due to be released in 2018 as a 2019 model, the new Q8 features a “coupe-like” design but still boasts of enough space for its passengers – thanks to its long wheelbase measuring 3.0 meters. The near-production concept shown at the Detroit Auto Show features a hybrid system already being employed in Audi’s production vehicles.
The new Q8 Concept is provided with a 3.0-liter turbocharged engine that delivers 443 hp in output, an electric motor and an eight-speed automatic transmission. This hybrid powertrain provides the Audi Q8 Concept with 516.3 lb-ft of torque, allowing it to spring from nil to 62mph in under 5.2 seconds while achieving a top speed of 155 mph.