While BMW has the i division and Mercedes-Benz has also established its own electric subsidiary – EQ – Audi is still in the previewing stages for its electric strategy.
At the North American International Auto Show in Detroit this January Audi unveiled the Q8 concept – their way of telling the world the high spec luxury flagship SUV segment is not going to go alone without an Audi in it. Now the Geneva Moto Show featured the premiere of the Q8 Sport – dressing the luxobarge into something more environmentally friendly while also lending it some dynamic credentials. The Bombay blue paint of the original concept has been ditched for the popping Krypton orange and the Q8 Sport also has a more aggressive design to signal its performance credentials. The huge grille gets a honeycomb structure – which also adorns the large flanking vents – and the high-tech laser headlights have now been blacked a bit. Audi adds the wheel housings have been widened by 12 millimeters (half an inch) and at the back the oval exhaust tips come from the S-badged models.
More importantly, the technical details have changed since January – the Q8 Sport Concept features the familiar 3.0 TFSI six-cylinder engine with an added mild hybrid setup and an electric powered compressor. With 476 horsepower (350 kilowatts) and 516 pound-feet (700 Newton-meters) of torque, the SUV will sprint to 62 mph (100 kph) in a good 4.7 seconds and will max out at 171 mph (275 kph). The efficient electrified powertrain also has a 0.9-kWh lithium-ion battery, as well as energy recuperation, to enable a range of more than 745.6 miles (1,200 kilometers) on a single tank of gas.