Audi SQ8 Trademark Suggests Sporty Variant On The Way

During last month’s Geneva Motor Show, Audi’s bold Q8 Sport Concept previewed the brand’s next crossover, and even though it hasn’t reached the production line, it seems work is already being done on a performance-oriented version.

AutoGuide recently discovered that the carmaker has filed a trademark for the name ‘SQ8’ in both Europe and Canada, suggesting that soon after the standard Q8 arrives, this faster and more powerful version will reach dealerships.

At this early stage though, it is impossible to say what powertrain the SQ8 may have.

Audi’s initial Q8 Concept from Detroit had a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6, joined by an electric motor making for a total of 442 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. At Geneva, the Q8 Sport Concept bumped that horsepower figure up to 469 hp.

If we were to hedge our bets, we’d say that the SQ8 may debut with similar power figures to the Q8 Sport Concept, allowing Audi to offer less powerful and cheaper alternatives throughout the rest of the Q8 range. So unless an RS Q8 sees the light of day, it’s hard to imagine the company offering a Q8 variant with over 500 hp.

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  • Elmediterraneo

    Audi Q8 sport concept is a clear message for an RSQ8

  • klowik

    Next Q3 could possibly a mini version of this Q8.

  • Craig

    How many models does Audi have? Too many – I’m guessing. Same for BMW and MB.

  • rover10

    I hate to admit that I’m getting a bit bored by the current phalanx of new Audis. Silly as it sounds, but I fear, they have been driven to overegg the pudding in regards to exterior detailing. The simplicity of Audis past, appears to be giving way to contrived ‘styling’ and not rational design thinking. It was that simple but beautifully formed body design, that made Audi what it is today. Sadly for me it’s all change for change sake.

  • Christian Wimmer

    SUVs don’t interest me at all – but this concept is stunning! Gorgeous.

  • BlackRock

    It looks amazing. One hope they don’t mess it all up by equipping it with a weak engine like previous models. It should at least start from 500 HP upwards to compete against Porsche Cayenne Turbo & Turbo s, Bentley Bentayga, Range Rover. Otherwise, it’ll just be a paper tiger.

    • Elmediterraneo

      Audi is part of the same Volkswagen group as Bentley, Lamborghini and Porsche, that’s why they were always shy on the high-performance SUV market. The presence of a Porsche Cayenne Turbo didn’t let Audi make a 600 hp Q7. Same thing as the Lamborghini Urus for a Coupe SUV or the Bentley Bentayga for a Luxury SUV.

  • Elmediterraneo

    I guess the new V6 of the RS5 will replace the V8 from the current bigger S-models for the same power of 450 PS. So the S6 S7 and SQ8 will share their engine with the RS4/RS5 family.

  • Zach Soulios

    RS Q8 will happen. Audi Sport is sticking to the “exclusivity” motto, and what is more exclusive than a V8 twin turbo coupe suv?…not much

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