It came, it saw and it conquered at the 2017 North American International Auto Show, but the Audi Q8 reappeared to wow the segment with a new sporty, upgraded variant at the 2017 Geneva Auto Show. And auto industry news, information, data and analysis supplier WardsAuto was on board with the showing, dubbing it "a beast" to top off Audi's Q series lineup.

The praise, or at least the description, seems well-deserved, with the hybrid Q8, soon to have the moniker SQ8, showcasing a 469 horsepower engine capable of 0-62 mph of acceleration in up to 4.7 seconds. A range of up to 746 miles, made possible by a 22.5-gallon fuel tank-and-0.9kWh lithium-ion battery pack combo, will make the vehicle truly a model for the long haul, its setup likewise enabling to idle slowly in stop-and-go traffic as well as maneuver and park exclusively using electric power. During braking, Q8's newly developed energy regeneration system can use the vehicle's electric motor as a generator for battery recharge.

Style's likewise the order of the day. Q8 upgrades include a single-black-frame, honeycomb lattice insert-bedecked grille, enlarged, bumper-housed air ducts and a prominent lower-edge black blade splitter, complementing sleek headlamps already home to striking darkened, X-shaped, LED-graphic inserts. Widened housings for the SUV's 23-in. intertwining-spoked alloy wheels, a lowered ride height and oval exhausts add that performance look that road warriors crave.

We at Audi Memphis can't wait to get this baby into our Covington Pike showroom. But just because we have to wait doesn't mean you have to pass up getting a feel for what it's like behind the wheel of a comparable 2017 Audi Q3, Q5 or Q7 SUV. Stop by from Memphis, Germantown, Collierville, Southaven or elsewhere nearby to take a spin today!

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