Audi’s all-new Q8 concept breaks cover

Audi has kicked off the new year with three highlights by unveiling the Audi Q8 concept car, the Audi SQ5 TFSI and the A5/S5 Cabriolet at the Detroit Motor Show recently.

Audi says that the Q8 concept represents unsurpassed prestige and sportiness. The manufacturer says it combines the typical spaciousness of an SUV with the emotional styling of a coupé. Audi is tapping into a new segment in the full-size category with this car.

At the same time, the brand is offering a preview of its future direction in design styling with the concept car. Many elements are reminiscent of Audi's original Ur-quattro from the 1980s, including the exceptionally flat and wide C pillars as well as the powerful, flared shoulders over the wheels. Despite the flat roofline, the show car offers plenty of room for four people as well as lots of luggage.

Widely stretched lines lend the interior a sporty as well as elegant ambience. The new control concept relies on large touchscreens, supplemented with an enhanced Audi virtual cockpit and a contact analogue head-up display that uses intelligent augmented reality technology to merge virtual indicators with the real world. For example, a navigation arrow will appear in the same position as an actual arrow on the street.

Audi says the powerful and highly efficient plug-in hybrid of the Audi Q8 concept provides total system output of 330kW and 700Nm (516.3 lb-ft ) of torque. Power is delivered via quattro permanent all-wheel drive. Air suspension and ceramic brake discs round off the impressive technology package. The concept car is the basis for a production model that Audi will introduce into the market in 2018.

Contact Audi Athlone on (090 ) 6403900 for more details.

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