Audi has revealed the Q8 Sport Concept at this week’s Geneva motor show, which previews a flagship performance version of the German brand’s soon-to-be-launched Q8 large SUV.
Sitting on massive 23-inch wheels, the new design study is a more sporty variation of the “near production” Q8 Concept unveiled in Detroit at the start of the year.
Minor styling changes to the debutant in Geneva include a blacked-out “Singleframe” grille at the front, as well as the introduction of oval exhaust tailpipes set within an all-black diffuser at the rear.
In terms of performance, the Sport Concept combines an electrically powered compressor with a six-cylinder TFSI and a mild hybrid system that is claimed to be a “world first”, and which enables it to deliver 469 bhp with the efficiency of a four-cylinder equivalent. The electric motor’s additional 20 kW of output and its torque of 125.4 lb-ft open up a total of 350 kW of power to the engine and bring its total torque up to 516.3 lb-ft.
Augmented by the compressor and Mhev system the 3.0 TFSI engine therefore powers the Q8 Sport Concept from 0–62 mph in 4.7 seconds and keeps going until it reaches its top speed of 170 mph. Range, meanwhile, is claimed to be over 745 miles.
“The drive system of the Audi Q8 Sport Concept is a major step towards optimising efficiency and sustainability in large-volume series production. The combination of mild hybrid technology and a TFSI engine sets a new benchmark for the synthesis of electromobility and combustion engines. In the future, this combination will be used in many Audi models,” says Audi boss, Rupert Stadler.