2020 Audi SQ8 With Turbo V8 Shows Diesels Are Alive And Kicking – Hard

The automotive industry is caught between a rock and a hard place when it comes to diesel engines. On one hand, carmakers are doing everything they can to promote electric mobility, but at the same time, they’re not willing to give up on oil burners just yet.

Audi is playing both sides and is betting big on electrification. As far as diesels are concerned (and despite the Dieselgate), though, they are using them in all types of models, including high-performance ones such as the 2020 SQ8 sports crossover.

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The SQ8 gets quad tailpipes, a chunky rear diffuser, large alloys, new air intakes, carbon brakes, adaptive air suspension with a Drive Select dynamic handling system, while four wheel steering can be had as an optional extra, along with a sports diff and electromechanical active anti-roll bars.

Inside, there are stainless steel pedals, a flat-bottomed steering wheel, aluminum door sill inlays, embossed ‘S’ logos, and an upholstery of leather and Alcantara. Audi’s latest MMI is also present, working within three main displays, one of which the Virtual Cockpit gauge cluster.

As for its performance, we’ve learned a long time ago that, when it comes to diesels, premium German cars are quite efficient at extracting serious amounts of pulling power from such units – and the SQ8 is no exception.

It is powered by a 4.0-liter twin turbo V8 diesel that also sports an electric compressor that eliminates turbo lag. With 429 HP (435 PS) and 664 lb-ft (900 Nm) of torque on tap, the stylish crossover can accelerate to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 4.8 seconds. Meanwhile, its official average fuel consumption figure is 7.8 l/100km (30.2 mpg US / 36.2 mpg UK), although don’t expect to hit that number unless you’re just cruising around at very low speeds. Which kinda defeats the purpose of having an SQ8, doesn’t it?

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Photo Credits: Stefan Baldauf / Guido ten Brink for CarScoops | Audi | NP

  • TheBelltower

    Wow. How is it possible that Audi thinks this is a good idea?

    • Matt

      Sales will be the real indicator here…

      • TheBelltower

        VW should apply their focus on improving their EV’s, and stay far far away from the stigma of their diesels. Would anyone consider a VW diesel?

        • Matt

          You can’t expect me to believe that somehow this car’s existence is restricting VAG’s EV development. To the contrary, it will help fund it because in the short-term this will sell well and has a good profit margin.

          Outside of the US, diesel isn’t entirely dead and many European consumers will appreciate this car’s power and economy.

          • TheBelltower

            We shall see. Diesel sales tanked in Europe last year. And are only now showing any possibility of rebounding.

          • Rimas Kurtinaitis

            Diesel sales have tanked because small B- and C-segment hatches sell the most, and there is frankly no reason to buy a small diesel, when motors like the 1.5T Evo or the 1.0 Ecoboost exist. Big cars are still very much a diesel affair here; their torque and consumption make them massively more economical in the long run.
            Specifically concerning these Audis, their torque figure is the key selling point. Big, sporty SUVs with loads of pulling power to tow or schlepp a family of five.

          • Daniela Wolf

            >60K: diesel
            <30K: petrol

        • Matteo Tommasi

          Because diesel is still the future. EVs are a big joke.

        • Daniela Wolf

          Europe, South America, India, Japan.^^

    • Daniela Wolf

      Sales numbers my friend.

  • MarketAndChurch

    I’ve never liked this car but it doesn’t look too bad here.

  • YUDHA BAGASKARA

    bentayga diesel’s replacement

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