Audi Q8 sport concept revealed in Geneva

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- The Audi Q8 sport concept is an evolution of the Q8 concept we saw in Detroit early this year. Both the Q8 and Q8 sport concepts preview a production car due in 2018.
- The sport version is more powerful, however, and features Audi's electrically driven supercharger system.
- The Q8 sport is powered by a twin-turbocharged V6 which benefits further from an electrically driven supercharger, which improves response at low engine speeds.
- Audi's SUV concept is a mild hybrid, with an integrated electric motor that can provide assistance, regeneration and low-speed drive. In total, its powertrain produces 469bhp and 516lb ft.
- Audi claims a 0-62mph time of just 4.7sec.
- Flat out, the Q8 will hit 171mph.
- You'll find the usual touchscreen systems inside, as well as Audi's Virtual Cockpit and a heads-up display.
- Audi claims a cruising range of around 745 miles, so those undertaking long trips shouldn't have to refuel that often – although that's in part mostly down to its 85-litre fuel tank.
- The concept has two individual rear seats, but we'd imagine that a production version would have three rear seats.
- External differences, compared to the previous concept, include slightly wider wheel arches.
- Rupert Stadler, chairman of the board at Audi, says: "The drive system of the Audi Q8 sport concept is a major step towards optimising efficiency and sustainability in large-volume series production."
- He also said that this powertrain set-up would be used in many a future Audi model.
- Audi claims that, compared to a conventional set-up, the hybrid emits 25g/km of CO2 less.
- The concept, based on the figures supplied, should average around 40mpg – which is impressive, given the performance on hand.
- The concept uses a 48V electrical system and features Audi's quattro all-wheel drive and air suspension.
- Expect to see a production Q8 in 2018.

New hot hybrid packs Audi's electrically powered supercharger – and despite being a big SUV, it'll get from 0-62mph in just 4.7sec...

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