New Audi Q8 Sport Concept Is A 469HP SUV Heading Our Way Fast

This is the Audi Q8 Sport Concept, a mild hybrid sporty SUV and the second Q8 concept after the original’s debut at the last Detroit Motor Show.

Audi has pulled the wraps off their new SUV concept at the Geneva Motor Show, with the concept itself being powered by a mild hybrid powertrain that produces 469hp (476PS) and 516lb-ft (700Nm) of torque, allowing it to accelerate from 0-62mph (0-100km/h) in 4.7 seconds and on to a top speed of 170mph (275km/h).

The hybrid powertrain is new and combines a 443hp 3.0-litre V6 TFSI with a 27hp (20kW) electric motor while a 48-volt electrical system is responsible for keeping the electricity flowing.

A small lithium-ion battery pack, mounted under the luggage compartment, can provide enough power to move the car in stop-start traffic as well as allowing for maneuvering and parking under electric power alone. The overall driving range is up to 746 miles (1,200km) with a 85-litre fuel tank.

The real party trick though is the electric compressor Audi has added to the twin-turbo V6, a feature that debuted in the SQ7 diesel and provides an extra kick to the powertrain’s output, allowing for a lag-free acceleration at all times. An eight-speed automatic gearbox is responsible for transmitting the power to all four wheels.

“The drive system of the Audi Q8 sport concept is a major step towards optimizing efficiency and sustainability in large-volume series production,” said Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management at Audi. “The combination of mild hybrid technology and a TFSI engine sets a new benchmark for the synthesis of electromobility and combustion engines.”

In fact, expect to see this mild-hybrid powertrain featured in future Audi models, including the next A6, A7 and A8 as well as in the Q7. The final production version of the Q8 is expected to show up in 2018.

Inside the cabin you can find several digital displays, including a higher-resolution version of the 12.3-inch Virtual Cockpit and an innovative “contact-analogue” head-up display which projects the necessary info in the driver’s direct field of view on the windscreen, seemingly placing them in the real environment.

The concept rides on huge 23-inch alloys wrapped in 305/35 tires. The Q8 Sport also gets 20-inch(!) ceramic disc brakes while there are five levels of ground clearance with 90‑millimeter (3.5 in) height differences.

Post has been updated with live images from Geneva

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  • Knotmyrealname

    Audi, to my eyes looks like they are in a rut.

  • Cobrajet

    I like those hexagons, finally they have a new styling feature.

    • WG

      It’s more like an octagon to me. octagon = 8 sides
      hexagon = 6 sides

      I see a trend now! Audi’s next gen design will feature a decagonal grille.
      Eventually Audi’s grille will be circular centuries later. jk.

      • eb110americana

        It’s funny because geometry!

  • BGM

    This is for peasants. the Q11.5RS is the one I’m waiting for!

    • TheHake

      It will be called RS Q11.5….

      • KenjiK

        RS Q11.5 Plus Quattro.

        • TheHake

          Don’t be silly…. All RS’s are quattro, so no need to mention it in the name. 😉

          • KenjiK

            Peasants don’t know that, might as well plaster it in their face.

          • TheHake

            In that case, I guess we should drop some ‘turbo’ and ‘Direct Injection’ in the name as well…

          • KenjiK

            You’re reading my mind. I was thinking about adding some striking TDi to the name.

          • Tumbi Mtika

            And Performance. Can’t leave that out.

          • Tumbi Mtika

            Turbo Fuel Stratified Injection?

          • TheHake

            I think we are getting there… we should be in the model designation business…

          • Tumbi Mtika

            I know right?

  • Sébastien

    Seems like Land Rover beat them with the Velar on the fancy interior with 3 screens round

  • Mark S

    Audi is in dispirit need of some new design language. This also looks cheap to me.

  • MarketAndChurch

    This is the first Audi that makes you feel as if Audi has something special that the other two don’t. And it’s not even a production car.

  • Denzel

    This what the Q7 should have been. The first concept wasn’t that good looking it was to blocky!! yet aggressive and different which was the only good points

  • Enter Ranting

    Hey Audi – there’s lots of room on the hood for more fake grilles. Because fake grilles are EXCITING!!!

  • U8INIT

    Alright Lamborghini Urus

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