The 2017 Detroit Motor Show has been great so far, and the Audi Q8 concept being revealed was just icing on the cake. After several small teasers earlier this year we finally get to see the Q8 in full glory.
Most of you know that the Q7 was the SUV that got Audi all the praise it received in this segment when it first started, the Audi Q8 concept sort of celebrates and builds upon the legend of the Q7.
The Audi Q8 concept is a Rebadged Lamborghini Urus if you look closely since they both share the same platform and identity under the Volkswagen group umbrella. Audi has every intention of building this concept into production in hopes of joining the Bentley Bentayga, the Lamborghini Urus and the Porsche Cayenne. One big happy German family of high end uber luxury sports SUV’s.
Since this is the range topping model, the Audi Q8 concept is wider and longer than the Q7 with an aggressive front end and futuristic styling cues borrowed directly from the E-tron family.
The Q8 is fitted with a plug-in hybrid powertrain; an electric motor supplements the turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 with power that is delivered to all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission. Combined power is set at 442-hp and 516 lb-ft of torque with torque vectoring as standard for all four wheels which complements the adaptive air suspension system.
This is enough to propel the Audi Q8 concept from 0-62 mph in 5.4 seconds and topping out at 155-mph.
Although not as much as you would expect – we think Audi might be giving us the 4.2-liter Biturbo engine as an option as well. But, using a hybrid plug-in powertrain enables the car to achieve 100 miles per gallon with a 37-mile drive on battery power alone.