Audi has brought up the fabled Ur-Quattro name several times with the launch of the Q8 concept. Audi’s designers took inspiration from the race car in designing the concept. This inspiration, Audi insists, is evident in the very wide c-pillars of the concept and the flared wheel arches. Be that as it may the Audi Q8 concept is no rally car. With a width of 2.04m, a height of 1.7m and a wheel base of 3m long the concept is geared towards comfort and practicality rather than sportiness.
The Q8 concept features digital Matrix laser technology which is used for the low and high beams. The light from the beams can be broken down into one million pixels which light up anything caught in their path in high resolution. At the back of the car there is a light strip running the entire length of the back side which not only doubles up as the tail and brake lights but also as the indicator lights.
In the interior there is sitting room for four and 630 liters of luggage space. There is a contact heads up display which projects important information on the wind screen but directly in the drivers field of view. The heads up display is an application of augmented reality. For example, if there is an arrow on the road a navigation arrow appears on the windscreen but seemingly in the same place as the arrow on the road. Audi’s virtual cockpit is also featured but with even greater screen resolution. All other displays are touch screen which has helped Audi reduce the clutter in the cabin.
The Q8 concept is Audi’s first full sized plug in SUV. The engine produces 254kw of power and 500Nm of torque. The electric motor generates a further 100kw of power and 330Nm of torque. Together the drivetrain develops 330kw of power and 700Nm of torque. The electric motor has been integrated into Audi’s 8-speed steptronic gearbox.. This gives it a 0-100kph in 5.3 seconds and a top speed of 250kph. A lithium ion battery supplies power to the electric motor and is good for a range of 60km of pure electric drive.
The production version of the Q8 will be ready by 2018.