A few days after celebrating the New Year, Audi unveiled its first Q8 Concept at the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit signifying the start of a new flagship SUV for the German automobile manufacturer.
The Q8 concept is Audi’s first entry in the full-size, coupe SUV segment which is also set for production in 2018. It is a mix of sporty and sexy without sacrificing classic SUV functionality. The Q8 concept, as an SUV, is quite spacious, allowing enough room for four persons (with individual seats).
As a concept, the Q8 will use production technologies for its drive system and is expected to be powered by a plug-in hybrid system, combining power from a 3.0-liter turbocharged petrol engine and an electric motor. Along with its eight-speed automatic gearbox, it can produce up to 443 horsepower (330 kilowatts) and 516.3 lb.-ft. (700 Nm) of torque. Moreover, it can achieve a 0 to 62 mph (100 kph) sprint in only 5.4 seconds and can reach an electronically-limited top speed of 155 mph (250 kph).
According to Audi member of the board of management for sales and marketing Dietmar Voggenreiter, the whole concept showcases Audi at its peak form, which means that we will be expecting a lot from this concept SUV.
For the 2017 Geneva Motor Show on the other hand, the Q8 concept will be dressed in a particularly sportier manner, for which some have taken to be a hint for an SQ8 or RS Q8 (if Audi decided to go for with this concept SUV).
Since the regular Q8 Concept is set for production some time in 2018, the performance version is expected to follow suit probably a year after.