Audi’s all-new Q8 has been previewed in a concept form once again, yet this time at the 2017 Geneva auto show. In contrast to the first, Detroit’s concept, this time the coupe-like SUV shows the other side of the upcoming car. Moreover, we have to admit that we find this orange Audi Q8 Sport a little bit more attractive and interesting.
Audi Q8 Sport concept gets more power, but it lost a plug-in hybrid option
The new concept still combines a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-6 and a hybrid drivetrain, but there are some important differences. While the Detroit’s topper was able to produce “just” 442 horsepower, the second iteration pumps of 469 ponies. On the other hand, torque stayed nailed to 516 pound-feet. Of course, more power enables quicker 0-60 sprint, and according to Audi, the Q8 Sport concept jumps from Detroit’s 5.4 seconds to Geneva’s 4.7 seconds.
These performance improvements are not the mere output figures. No, Audi’s engineers decided to use a sweet electrically-powered supercharger (yes, the same one that uses the current SQ7 TDI), so the coupe-SUV now sports more power. Still, it’s not all better now. In contrast to the model that was introduced in January and was capable of crossing up to 37 miles without any help of the gasoline engine, this new concept version doesn’t have the plug-in function at all. Instead, Audi was bragging with 745 miles of overall range, which is the pretty impressive result by the way.
Orange body, different grille, and maybe a little bit lower center of gravity
Geneva’s new Audi Q8 Sport concept isn’t just sprinkled with orange paint and shipped from Detroit. No, the amazing coupe-like SUV also sports several cosmetic changes inside and out. As you may notice, there is a slightly revised grille and different rear bumper with new exhausts. We are not sure and the manufacturer wasn’t willing to tell us, but it appears that the new concept may be sitting lower to the ground. This is possible because they also work on the RS version, so this could be the initial move. What do you think?