As we move forward into the future, car companies are coming up with new hybrid vehicle models to bridge the gap between regular gas automobiles and ones that use other means to get around. Today, as part of the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show, Audi showed off a new concept vehicle, the Q8 sport. This “mild hybrid” combines a 450 hp six-cylinder engine with an electric powered compressor and an electric motor.
Audi says that the electric motor draws power from a battery that’s located in the rear of the car. It can serve a number of functions including a quick start to the car, generating energy when it is braking, and more power if you need some extra acceleration. The electric motor can also be the car’s sole engine in city traffic when there are lots of stops and starts.
The Audi Q9 sport’s electric powered compressor is supposed to give the car’s gas engine some extra charge as well. The company claims that the range of the car will be over 1,200 kilometers (745.6 miles) on one tank of gas and one electric charge. It is also supposed to be quite speedy; Audi says it can go from 0 to 62mph in just 4.7sec and with a top speed of 171mph.
While the Audi Q9 sport’s drive train is something we won’t see in a real car anytime soon, a lot of the car’s other elements could still be put into real production vehicles in the future. That includes its interior technology with a 12.3-inch dashboard display with a resolution of 1920×720. We will have to see if the company can bring everything together into a car that will actually be in your local Audi dealership in the future.
Stay tuned as we are attending the Geneva International Motor Show and will have first-hand reports from the event as they unfold.