The Audi Q8 Sport Concept has been officially unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show 2017. The Audi Sport concept previous a performance version of the upcoming Audi Q8. It combines a petrol engine with hybrid technology to offer an efficient yet powerful SUV.
The Audi Q8 Sport Concept combines a 3.0 litre TFSI six-cylinder engine with an electric hybrid system and an electric powered compressor. The Q8 Sport Concept generates 476 hp from the two powertrains together with 700 Newton meters of torque. A starter generator at the crankshaft recuperates energy.
It manages a zero to 100 km/h sprint in just 4.7 seconds with a top speed of 275 km/h. The range is a staggering 1,200 kilometers (745.6 mi). Compared with similar engines, the Audi Q8 Sport Concept uses one liter less fuel per 100 km with a reduction in CO2 emissions of 25 g/km (40.2 g/mi). The other benefit of the advanced system if that it offers delay-free acceleration to the V6 gasoline engine.
As with most high-end Audi’s the Audi Q8 Sport Concept gets the quattro permanent all-wheel drive system. It sits on adaptive air suspension with a ground clearance in five levels with 90 millimetres of height differences. The front and rear axles are engineered as lightweight five-link constructions.
Wheels are 23 inches 11J units shod with 305/35 tires. They feature five intertwining Y-spokes and hide 20 inch ceramic brake discs. It is a demonstration of what the Audi Q8 could look like in performance trim.
The design is imposing. Sitting 2.05 meter (6.7 ft) wide, the Audi Q8 Sport Concept’s most imposing feature is the octagonal Singleframe. It is significantly wider than any other Audi production mode with larger inlets and greater cooling. Everything else seems the same as the Audi Q8 Concept we saw in Detroit.
The doors have frameless windows, there is a quattro logo milled below the rear doors and carbon-fiber exterior mirrors. The doors are opened via touch elements incorporated into the B or C pillars. The wheel housings have been widened by a further 12 millimeters over the Detroit concept. A long roof spoiler has been added and the car now wears a krypton orange paint finish.
Inside, the Q8 offers space for four with a luggage compartment measuring 630 liters. The cockpit uses large touchscreens running Audi’s virtual cockpit and a contact-analogue head-up display. The head-up display uses intelligent augmented reality technology.