Audi makes some fantastic SUV’s.  The new 2018 Audi Q7 has been in the production room for years and is now being considered one of the best SUV’s on the market today.  

Audi has always made great cars and SUV’s, as well as pioneered new technology and the coolest instrument cluster I’ve ever seen.  

For years Audi’s have represented a certain status in the world, and consequently, have had their fair share of stuck up driver’s getting bad reputations.   It’s just something that Audi owners (like BMW owners) have to bear.

Through all the cool things Audi has done, they actually remained as a pretty reclusive face in the luxury market.  People who buy Audi’s don’t really want to be all gaudy like Mercedes, or they just like the fact that they “Have an Audi”.  The latter I don’t want to associate with.

The  Audi Q8 has debuted at the North American International Auto Show in 2017, and has caused a lot of buzz in the community.  The new SUV carries an interesting power plant under neath, and much more in-your-face styling than what we’ve seen from Audi’s for years.

The 2018 Audi Q8 has Audi’s future vision in its sights, so we’ll see how well the vision and product come together.

The Specs- Audi Q8:

Vehicle Type: Luxury SUV
Power Plant: 3.0 L V6 w/ 3 motors
Gearbox: Not Available
Power: Not Available
MPG: Not Yet Available
Torque: Not Yet Available
Length: 197.6 Inches
Width: 80.3 Inches
Height: 66.9 Inches
Wheelbase: 118.1 Inches
Top Speed: Not Available
Seating: 5-7 Adults
0-60 MPH (0-120 KPH): Not Available
Base Price: Not Available


The Exterior-Audi Q8:

Audi Q8

This is by far the most ambitious styling Audi has ever made on their cars.  Even the R8 is one of the most conservative looking super cars on the market by a large margin.  In any case, Audi never really pushes boundaries, staying relatively modest throughout.  Even though Audi wants to convince you otherwise with that commercial they released.  

The Q8 is thankfully different.  Every Audi element on the Audi Q8 is accentuated and made more aggressive.  

Up front, Audi features a large grille with connected, sharp headlights. The front air intakes at the bottom of the bumper make for a super-strong, bony and aggressive look.  The front body work seems cut out and slashed to accommodate the air intakes and grille.

On the Audi Q8 Concept version of the SUV, we see white contrast trim run across the bottom of the vehicle.  I doubt we’ll see that on the production model, but it is a very cool touch.

The roofline is incredibly sleek and coupe like, making the Audi Q8 look very athletic.  The side view of the Audi Q8 is otherwise rather boring.  But, it is an Audi.

Audi Q8 rear

From the rear, if you’re like me, you’ll see some similarities (distantly) to a Lamborghini Huracan.  I know that sounds crazy, but between the sharp tail lamp design, air outlets at the base of the tail lights, prominent diffusor, the way the body work angles over the tail lights like a hood and the narrow looking cabin are all similar traits.  See it now?

The overall design of the Audi Q8 is very attractive.  It still is an Audi, evident by obvious elements, but this is a very adventurous design for the German’s.

The Interior-Audi Q8:

Audi Q8 interior

The inside of the Audi Q8 continues the classic concept car craziness we see so often in…concepts these days (and ever).

A lot of people are going crazy over the inside of this SUV, and I want to too, but I just can’t.  We won’t see the concept interior inside the real SUV, so seeing the cool concept interior isn’t as exciting as it should be.

I’ll extend an olive branch though, because Audi’s interiors are pretty lovely.  While I’m not crazy about some elements on the inside of some Audi’s, they are generally nice to look at and even better to be in.

The Audi Q8 interior is just as sharp and high-tech as the exterior.  The combination of the steering wheel and digital instrument cluster make it look like something out of a sci-fi movie.  

There are two displays on the center console, one for air conditioning and one for infotainment.  Both seem easy enough to operate.  The shifter is just kind of poking out of the console as well.

Air vents on the inside are very interesting as well.  There is seemingly no way to adjust them, but they look cool.

Overall we should see something similar to the interior we see on the concept car, but something much more livable and presumably something with more leather.  

The Performance:

We are expecting a lot of things to come of the 2018 Audi Q8.  Mainly, a 3.0 L V6 engine with three motors to help push it along.  This is part of Audi’s efforts to really convert the Q8 into a fully electric SUV.  

While not much is really known right now about the actual set up, we may actually see a Q8S or something with Audi’s supercharged V6.  But it’s up in the air for now.

We should see a host of car technology as well to help the Q8 into the 21st century.  Such as adaptive cruise control, and other semi-autonomous tech.

Sum It Up:

The 2018 Audi Q8 is a lovely looking SUV.  If all the technology is there and really makes sense, then the Q8 will be a winner.  Obviously, the interior will be reworked, but we should be something very sharp.

The price and release date are unknown, but we can guess somewhere in the neighborhood of $45,000-$50,000 and a release date of late 2017.

We should see a host of car technology as well to help the Q8 into the 21st century.  Such as adaptive cruise control, and other semi-autonomous tech.




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