The eponymous model looks to top Audi's Q series lineup, flanked by models like Audi Q3, Q5 and Q7, and with specs like these, we, along with the long-time auto industry news, information, data and analysis supplier, surely get the picture.

The 2017 North American International Auto Show already showed us the automaker's initial Q8 design, but this time, the SUV reappeared at the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show, and it was both sportier and upgraded to a hybrid drivetrain. At 469 horsepower, with the ability to accelerate from 0-62 mph in up to 4.7 seconds, and with a range for the long haul, up to 746 miles, it's no wonder WardsAuto called it a "beast."

The Audi Q8 build comes together around the 22.5-gallon fuel tank and luggage compartment floor-mount 0.9kWh lithium-ion battery pack duo, which allows the SUV to travel variously from slowly idling in stop-and-go traffic to maneuvering and parking using electric power exclusively. You'll even be able to use Q8's electric motor as a battery charge recuperator while braking thanks to a regeneration system newly developed for the model.

And the "beast" won't lack in style, either, with a honeycomb lattice insert-bedecked single-black-frame grille giving way to enlarged, bumper-housed air ducts and a prominent lower-edge black blade splitter to complement the "sinister face," per WardsAuto, of headlamps already showcasing darkened, X-shaped, LED-graphic inserts. 23-in. intertwining-spoked alloy wheels rest in widened housings, and to top off the SUV's performance cues, a lowered ride height and oval exhausts present.

WardsAuto expects the A6, A7 and Q7 models of the near future to employ the same hybrid driveline and design, but for these and the Q8, we'll just have to bide our time. In the meantime, let Santa Monica Audi put you behind the wheel of an SUV for a few test-drive thrills. Stop by and see us in Santa Monica, and we'll let you live the dream.

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Tags: Q8, Q5, Q7, Q3