2020 Audi SQ8 Launches With 4.0-Liter Twin-Turbo Diesel V8

The 2020 Audi SQ8 has been unveiled after what seems to have been an eternity.

Powering the performance-focused version of the sleek Audi Q8 is a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged diesel V8 engine also used by the SQ7. With a total of 429 hp and 664 lb-ft (900 Nm) of torque from as low as 1000 rpm, the SQ8 is able to sprint off the line and hit 62 mph (100 km/h) in 4.8 seconds before topping out at an electronically-limited top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h).

The vehicle’s powertrain incorporates a 48-volt lithium-ion battery pack which powers an electric compressor to virtually eliminate all turbo lag. Customers can drive the SUV on pure electric power at speeds of up to 14 mph (22 km/h). It’s not just the engine which distinguishes the SQ8 from other models.

Also Read: Audi SQ8 Tipped To Get Both Gasoline And Diesel Engines

Audi has fitted the SUV with carbon fiber brakes at all four corners as standard while also installing adaptive air suspension and its Drive Select dynamic handling system. Should customers wish, four-wheel steering can be optioned alongside a sport differential and electromechanical active anti-roll bars.

Visually, the SQ8 features a series of alterations over lesser Q8 models. There are quad tailpipes, a silver rear diffuser, sporty wheels, ‘S’ badges, and new air intakes. The interior includes custom touches like stainless steel pedals, aluminium door sill inlays, embossed S logos as well as leather and Alcantara finishes.

Audi is said to be working on a petrol-powered version of the SQ8 which will be sold in select markets, potentially including the United States. Prices for the model pictured start at £80,815 ($103,031).

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  • StrangerGP

    Hey Audi fan, pay extra if you don’t want fake exhausts.

    • Six_Tymes

      does this have fake exhausts too?

      • Matthijs

        according to autogefuhl the inner exhaust tips are real, the outer ones are fake

  • Patrick Bong

    This new Toyota Venza is gorgeous

    • KidRed

      Can I have the number to your supplier? That’s some good stuff you got.

  • Matthijs

    Not sure why this is “breaking” news.. especially when this was out in the news 2 days ago

    • 2PacOfCarscoop

      no kidding,…

  • 2PacOfCarscoop

    wow… NEVER seen this model before… @European good rending ?

  • Matteo Tommasi

    Waste of metals

  • Bash

    This looks just right to me. And that interior is so good.

  • Aeromann

    Wait a second. 80000£ with fake exhausts? No, thanks.

    • KidRed

      Yes please, fake exhausts and all.

  • Daniela Wolf

    1. Diesel is amazing

    2. AmErIcAnS will get a petrol version.
    > have fun with fuel consumption of more than 15 litres/100 km

    • Patrick Bong

      Do you really think someone spending that much money on a car is going to care about “15 litres/100 km” on American fuel prices? Obviously a performance car is better off with a “petrol” engine, not diesel.

      • Daniela Wolf

        Well u got a american mindest not an european. ^^

  • KidRed

    So sexy.

  • Nice tweaks… I woder if the quad-exhaust pipes are real?
    Also, I lived in Miami for some years and never saw those mountains (pict #20)…. maybe they just built them, I know there’s a lot of construction going on there according to my brothers and friends…

  • Enter Ranting

    Looks like the Pontiac styling department is alive and well…

    • Ben

      How dare you be that hilarious!

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