Audi Pits Sleek SQ8 Against Porsche Macan During Testing

Audi isn’t just developing the entry-level Q8 in isolation. As our spy photographers have discovered, the German marque is also testing prototypes of the more performance-oriented SQ8.

Pictured here running around the snow alongside a Porsche Macan, this SQ8 prototype looks just as sleek as previous Q8 testers we’ve snapped on the streets. Due to the presence of the camouflage, it is somewhat difficult to notice the styling changes between the SQ8 and the Q8. With that being said, a set of quad tailpipes signifies the vehicle’s sporty focus.

The Audi SQ8 was previewed in the form of the Q8 Sport Concept at last year’s Geneva Motor Show. For the most part, the road-going variant seems largely unchanged from a styling perspective. However, when the camo is removed, we do expect some minor tweaks, such as slightly smaller air intakes and less complex headlights.

Sitting beneath the hood of the concept was a petrol-electric powertrain delivering 470 hp. We believe this powertrain will be largely unchanged for the production car. As such, customers can expect to see a 3.0-liter TFSI six-cylinder V6 delivering roughly 444 hp that’s mated to a small electric motor. Further down the road, a diesel variant with the same 4.0-liter bi-turbo V8 of the SQ7 is possible.

A public debut for the SQ8 could arrive before the year is out.

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  • nastinupe

    I’m kind of disappointed. I thought that it was going to be more Cayenne sized. Macon sized is too small. Crap!

    • caddy45

      This looks a good bit larger than the Macan, I think it’s just the tapered back makes it look smaller than a Cayene. The wheelbase looks pretty long, too.

    • Ermal Morina

      it is the Cayenne size actually.Just like the X6 and the GLE

      • nastinupe

        You guys are right. It’s actually 4 inches longer than the BMW X6 and only one inch shorter than the Q7. Ok, I’m relieved.

        Here are some comparisons in order:

        Chevy Tahoe: 204 Inches
        Audi Q7: 199 Inches
        Ford Explorer: 198.3 Inches
        Audi Q8: 198 Inches
        Acura MDX: 196.2 Inches
        Range Rover: 196 Inches
        Volvo XC90: 194.9 Inches
        BMW X6: 193.8 Inches
        Lexus RX: 192.5 Inches
        BMW X5: 192.4 Inches
        Infiniti QX70: 191.3 Inches
        Porsche Cayenne: 191.1 Inches
        Range Rover Sport: 191 Inches
        Mercedes GLE: 189.1 Inches

  • Shahul Usman

    some VW on VW action

  • Mikestroh

    Is this vehicle replacing the Macan or will it be an addition to the lineup?

    • Zandit75

      Why would an Audi be replacing a Porsche??!!

      • Mikestroh

        Oops…….disregard…..I thought it was a another upcoming Porsche….LOL

  • Zandit75

    “With that being said, a set of quad tailpipes signifies the vehicle’s sporty focus.”
    Are they really quad tailpipes? Looks to me like only one tailpipe on either side. Something weird going on with the outside circular impressions there. Almost like there is an exhaust pipe behind a fascia.

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