Luxury coupé meets SUV
The Audi Q8 is an impressive representative of the progressive design language that Audi first brought onto the road with the new A8. Strong contours and athletically tight surfaces convey a feeling of power, sophistication and the special dynamics of permanent all-wheel drive. The Q8 interprets this in its very own way, as the fusion of an elegant four-door luxury coupé with a large SUV, and with echoes of an Audi icon – the Ur-quattro.
Style-defining: the octagonal Singleframe
The imposing Singleframe in octagonal design is the calling card of the Q8 and also the new face of the Audi Q family. Six vertical chrome struts give the radiator grille a dominant appearance. The crossbars are recessed and finished in dark gray. A wide mask optionally finished in a contrasting color connects the Singleframe to the distinctive headlights – a reminiscence of the Ur-quattro. The spoiler, which is pulled towards the front, and the large, strongly contoured air intakes additionally highlight the self-assured look.
Tautly athletic: the side view
Thanks to the frameless doors, the coupé-like roof line stretches low across the vehicle body visually, ending in a long roof spoiler. The roofline arches slightly towards the brawny, flat-sloping D-pillars, which are supported by wide, muscular contours – the quattro blisters, reminiscent of the Audi Ur-quattro. Depending on the how the light falls, they create intensive light and shadow effects on the flank, also in interaction with the arched shoulder line aiming at the wheel arches and with the hollow groove in the lower area of the doors.
As with the Ur-quattro: the black trim strip
Sporty compact proportions, paired with the low roof and a flat window form the rear end. The luggage compartment hatch of the Audi Q8 ends in a spoiler lip that joins the rear quattro blisters. A narrow, high-gloss black element with an integrated light strip extends between the rear lights. This is a feature of top Audi models, accentuating the width of the Q8. It creates an independent light signature day or night, just like on the Ur-quattro back in the day. The striking diffuser with its four vertical guide elements takes up the look of the Singleframe. Large exhaust tailpipe trims are integrated into its edges.