Audi Q8 Sports Concept will sit at the top of the Q8 range and could be retailed under the SQ8 nameplate.
2017 Audi Q8 Sport comes with a 469bhp, 3.0-litre TFSI, six-cylinder engine with mild hybrid technology and electric power compressor.
Audi revealed the Q8 Sports Concept on the first day of the on-going Geneva Motor Show. This isn’t the first appearance of the company’s upcoming flagship SUV; Audi previewed the Q8 SUV concept early this year at the 2017 North American International Auto Show. The Audi Q8 Sports Concept revealed yesterday in Geneva is the performance version of the SUV which will sit at the top of the Q8 range and could be retailed under the SQ8 nameplate.
Expected to be released in 2018, Audi Q8 will be released in overseas market before it debuts in India and the recently revealed performance Sports version will follow suit in 2019. Read – 2017 Audi Q3 Facelift – All You Need To Know
Donning a sportier and bold look, the Audi Q8 Sports Concept carries several new elements that distinguish it from the Q8 concept revealed early this year at the Detroit Motor Show. In the front, there is a redesigned single-frame honey-comb trapezoidal grille, larger air-ducts on the structured bumper, laser headlamp units with dark inserts and similar LED graphics from the previous concept.
The wheel housings are wider by 12mm and the new 23-inch alloy wheels reinforce the aggression. Round the back, the sports concept features oval shaped exhaust units and other styling bits like black finished mirror caps, side sills and blackened rear diffuser set it apart from the Q8 concept revealed in January. Nothing much is known on the interior front, but Audi will pack plethora of high tech comfort goodies and connectivity features to make it more desirable. Read – 2017 Audi A3 Might Launch in February
Propelling the robust Sports version is a meaty 3.0-litre TFSI, six-cylinder engine with mild hybrid technology and electric power compressor. The TFSI engine is claimed to put out massive power of 469bhp and towering torque of 700Nm. Using a mighty powertrain underneath the Sports version of Q8 is claimed to sprint from zilch to 100kmph in just 4.7 seconds while maintaining top speed of 275kmph. Read – Audi Q2 SUV – The most affordable Audi in India
The Q8 Sports Concept also gets a 0.9 kwh lithium-ion battery that is charged through energy recuperation and primarily boosts fuel economy of the SUV. Audi claims that the Q8 concept will be able to cover close to 1200 kms on a full tank.