When Audi previewed the Audi A8 Sport Concept back in 2017, we know that Audi will give their flagship SUV the S treatment. However, instead of the concept’s 3.0-litre V6 turbo petrol, a 4.0-litre bi-turbo V8 TDI rests under the hood the Audi SQ8.
Audi’s latest wave of S models are diesel powered, from the S4 to the SQ5, citing better performance and emissions from the oil burner. The SQ8 packs the most powerful diesel engine on the European market, delivering 435 hp and a mammoth 900 Nm of torque – that’s more than the Lamborghini Urus super SUV.
With maximum torque available from 1,250 to 3,250 rpm, the SQ8 can sprint from nought to 100 km/h in just 4.8 seconds onwards to an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h. There is also a 48V mild-hybrid system which further reduces fuel consumption by up to 0.5 litres per 100 km through the coasting function which decouples the engine completely when possible.
Keeping power in check are the 8-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission, active sport differential, all-wheel steering, adaptive air suspension sport and active roll stabilisation.
Audi didn’t have to do too much to the exterior because the Q8 is an athletic-looking SUV to begin with. New items include the revised Singleframe grille with more prominent vertical slats, sharper front apron, restyled rear diffuser with quad exhaust outlets and 22-inch alloy wheels.
Audi SQ8 V8 TDI Unveiled