What do you get when you combine the spacious interior of an SUV with the sleek frame of a coupe? Audi answered with its Q8 concept that was unveiled at the 2017 Detroit motor show. The Q8 concept stands for “maximum prestige”. Technically it doesn’t, but there’s not a lot you can do with a Q and a number. The concept car is built with a hybrid plug-in turbocharged engine with 3.0-litre V6 direct injection petrol and battery backup. Audi claims the Q8 can go from 0 to 100km in 5.4 seconds with a top speed of 250km/h. Running exclusively on electricity will take you an additional distance of up to 60km.
At 5.02 meters long, the Audi Q8 concept is an impressive full-size car that offers plenty of space for passengers and luggage. The beefy grille looks as though it will take a bite out of smaller vehicles and the trapezoid headlights featuring Audi’s LED matrix laser technology will be the most unique looking lights on the road. The extremely flat and very wide C-pillar is reminiscent of the Audi Ur-Quattro from the 1980s, as are the sharply flared shoulders over the wheels.
Multiple large touchscreens remove every single dial and switch from the equation, and the driver will make use of 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 concept car is the basis for a production model that Audi will launch on the market in 2018.