Audi Q8 Concept Shows The Future Q-series Flagship

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At the Auto Show in Detroit, Audi AG, part of the VW Group, presented its response to the main competitors from BMW and Mercedes-Benz – Audi Q8 E-Tron crossover SUV.

This car belongs to a fairly rare class of SUV-coupe and must compete with two absolute monopolists in this class – the BMW X6 and the Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe.

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The head of the Audi design department, Mark Lichte, in an interview with Die Welt admitted that the development of the Q8 was not a priority until the Mercedes-Benz introduced its model of a crossover coupe – after which Ingolstadt-based company significantly accelerated the work on his brainchild.

Looks Brutal

As the basis for the new crossover Audi Q8 used platform E, successfully proven in the previous model Q7. But the design has been made some changes related to the fact that the Q7 belongs to the class of seven-seat crossovers and SUVs, and the novelty is the SUV-coupe.

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The length of the body was shortened to 197.6″, and the width, on the contrary, was increased to 80.3″. The rear end is more slanted to improve aerodynamics and emphasize the sporty silhouette.

The front part with a massive radiator grille has a powerful air intake at the bottom with a small splitter designed to improve the downforce at high speeds. Behind the airflow is diverted through a straight continuous diffuser that echoes the thin solid line of the rear LED optics of the stop lamps. Expanded wheel arches have allowed to place wheel disks of the increased diameter of 23″.

Futuristic Interior

But if the exterior of the Audi Q8 is new and fresh, only one designation is applicable to the interior – a revolutionary one.

There is a world of sensors here – there are only 2 classic buttons on the entire showroom, one of which controls parking sensors, and the other includes an alarm. All other options and functions are controlled exclusively by touch panels. According to Mark Lichte, it is possible that in the serial version the number of sensors will be reduced in favor of the traditional interface, but it is too early to talk about this.

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Also, Audi Q8 received a state-of-the-art MMI multimedia system and an AVC touchscreen panel (Audi Virtual Cocpit), a complete electrical package of adjustments, three-zone climate control and a large number of all kinds of auxiliary electronic systems. The salon is four-seater, with each passenger has a separate armchair with adjustments, and the front seats are also equipped with an integrated massage system.

The interior decoration uses natural nubuck and nappa, as well as carbon and composite materials.

Another difference from Q7 and its classmates is the luggage compartment. Four-seat layout of the salon has made the volume of the trunk much larger – now it will fit not just a pair of bags, but a decent enough amount of luggage.

Hybrid Power

The main feature of the crossover is the hybrid power plant. It includes a 3.0-liter supercharged V6 TFSi gasoline engine that develops power at 333 hp. And a traction electric motor with a power of 100 kW and a torque of 221 ft lb, which is installed directly into the transmission.

The Audi Q8 is equipped with an 8-speed automatic transmission Tiptronic and a proprietary all-wheel drive system Quattro BorgWarner, with a multi-plate clutch Haldex and a differential Torsen Type 3. Like the Q7, the new crossover coupe does not have a downshift, so for serious off-road it is completely unsuitable.

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On the other hand, a sufficiently high ground clearance, four-wheel drive and a powerful engine are quite capable of coping with a typical urban problem, like the snow-covered streets of our cities.

The installation of an electric motor capable of instantaneously transferring torque to the wheels made it possible to significantly improve the dynamic parameters of the crossover – acceleration from zero to sixty in just 5.4 seconds, and the top speed of the Q8 is the 155 mph. In fact, the potential for a hybrid plant is greater, but the speed for safety is electronically limited.

Regarding the driving modes, in Audi Q8 there are three:

The first one is traditional, only on ICE, to charge the battery and keep its charge.

The second mode is an economical Hybrid, using an electric motor, in which the fuel consumption is about 90-100 MPG.

The third one is purely electric, only on an electric motor, but at the same time the mileage is limited to only 37 miles, since there is not enough battery for more capacity.

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