The dynamic and efficient SUV of tomorrow
Audi presents another concept car that demonstrates the vision of the brand and potential of the future Q8 model range – a dynamic yet efficient SUV of tomorrow.
The highly efficient drive system concept car is in a 3.0 TFSI six-cylinder engine that features the world’s first mild hybrid system and an electric-powered compressor. The Audi Q8 Sport Concept has an output of 350 kW, and 700 Nm of torque. It sprints from 0 – 100 km/h (0 62.1 mph) in just 4.7 seconds and keeps going until it reaches its top speed of 275 km/h (170.9 mph).
Meanwhile, its range of more than 1,200 kilometers (745.6 mi) ensures it is also suitable for long journeys.
The 20 kW recuperation performance of the Q8 holds back the SUV’s fuel consumption as it only consumes around one liter less fuel per 100 km that also reduces the CO2 emissions of 25 g/km.
The lithium-ion battery, which is positioned under the luggage compartment, has an energy storage capacity of 0.9 kW making it possible for the Q8 to move slowly in stop-start traffic and allows the maneuvering and parking under electric power alone. During braking, efficient recuperation using the 20-kW-strong starter generator quickly recharges the battery to ensure that the vehicle can regularly be driven under electric power.
The all-wheel drive system of the Audi Q8 transfers the power of the drive system to the road with supreme control. The adaptive air suspension sport allows for a broad spectrum of ride characteristics, ranging from cushioned cruising to firm and tight handling. Furthermore, it sets the ground clearance in five levels with 90 millimeter (3.5 in) height differences, selecting the ideal level in each case. The front and rear axles are engineered as lightweight five-link constructions.
The Audi Q8 Sport Concept makes an impressive mark on the luxury class and plenty of space for luggage and passengers. The new operating concept uses large touchscreens in the cockpit, rounded out by an expanded version of the Audi virtual cockpit and a contact-analogue head-up display. The latter uses intelligent augmented reality technology that merges the real and the virtual worlds.
The technical materials in the Audi Q8 Sport Concept contrast with the soft surfaces. The seats are covered in a combination of Fine Nappa leather and Nubuk leather, both in pastel silver. The upholstery is pulled around the trim piece that divides the backrests – here, the inside becomes the outside. The head restraints are covered with a structured textile of a color similar to that of the leather elements.
The elegant interior architecture of the Audi Q8 sport concept merges with a groundbreaking control and display concept. Information and commands are passed primarily through touch displays augmented by the Audi virtual cockpit future and a contact-analogue head-up display. All displays feature a new “digital design” that concentrates systematically on only the most important things.
With a resolution of 1,920 x 720 pixels, the Audi virtual cockpit future displays more detailed graphics than before. In “auto” display mode, the 12.3-inch TFT display offers generous space for maps, lists and additional information. The top-down map view visualizes the selected route. When zooming in, the current position and surroundings are displayed in 3D. Through the buttons on the steering wheel, the driver can switch to “performance” mode. The needles of the speedometer and power-meter now appear in a three-dimensional perspective display.