Report: Audi Q8 to surface in 2017 with a high-performance RS version

Audi seems to be following its gut with a larger crossover dubbed the Q8. The model will obviously sit above the Q7, which will sit above the other planned crossovers from Q1 all the way through to the aforementioned Q8.

So far, our market already sees a Q3, a Q5, and a Q7. The said Q8 will have a five-door body style, suggesting that it will have a coupe-like raked roof. A sportier appearance and smaller side windows are also expected, bolstering this claim.

The said Q8 will go head-to-head with the BMW X6, the Mercedes-Benz MLC, and the Range Rover Sport. It will be propelled by a range of V6 and V8 diesel and gasoline engines as well as a plug-in hybrid and full-electric models to rival Tesla’s Model X. An RS version with a potent 4.0L twin-turbocharged V8 is also in the plan.

The MLB platform will be the one used to underpin this new crossover with a goal minimum curb weight of 4,409lbs. This will be made possible with the use carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP) and thinner, but higher strength steels. A production launch date of sometime in 2017 is expected.

Source: AutoCar

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