The Audi Q8 Concept has been revealed at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show. The concept SUV previews Audi's future flagship Q8 SUV that will launch in 2018.
The Q8 Concept is powered by a hybrid powertrain which consists of a 3.0-litre petrol engine and an electric motor powered by a 17.9kWh lithium ion battery, which together produce 443bhp and 700Nm of torque which is sent to all four wheels through an 8-speed gearbox.
The Audi Q8 E-tron sprints from 0-100km/h in just 5.4 seconds and will keep on accelerating till it tops out at a limited top speed of 250km/h. The Q8 has a range of 1,000 kilometers on a full tank of petrol and charged up battery pack, The battery can be charged in 2.5 hours via a 7.2kW charger.
The Audi Q8 sits on 23-inch Y-spoke alloy wheels that are shod with 305mm-wide tyres. The Q8 Concept is brought to a stop by 508mm carbon ceramic disc brakes all around.
The Q8 also features adaptive air suspension with adjustable damping control which can raise and lower the SUV by as much as 90mm. The Q8 is 5,020mm long, 2,040mm wide, 1,700mm tall, and has a 3,000mm long wheelbase.
Design wise, the Q8 features a massive octagonal grille up front which is flanked by laser LED headlights which follow the lines of the grille and bonnet and feature adaptive LED DRLs which also act as dynamic indicators.
At the sides of the car, the frameless doors of the Q8 concept are opened by touch sensors that detect the presence of a person's hand or fingers and open the doors automatically.
The new Q8 features a single strip of LED lights that wrap around the full width of the rear end of the car and act as both the brake lights and the indicators. The Q8's C-pillars and the rear end of the SUV are said to be inspired by the Audi Ur-quattro of 1980.
Inside, the Audi Q8 concept features four seats wrapped in Nappa and nubuck leather along with Audi's Virtual Cockpit that features Augmented Reality to project virtual graphics above the massive 12.3 displays which will first be seen in a production car in the upcoming A8.
The production Q8 will be the flagship SUV in Audi's range when it hits the roads in 2018 and is expected to be produced at Volkswagen's Bratislava plant in Slovakia alongside the Q7 and the Porsche Cayenne.