New Audi SQ8 Debuts As a New Flagship SUV

It will reportedly start at around £85,000 or $108,000.


The German automaker has unveiled the performance-oriented new Audi SQ8 with a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 mild-hybrid diesel. As it is the sportier model of the Q8, it comes with energetic styling and S-specific equipment.

On the outside, it features the quad-exhaust tips, revamped air inlets, and optional 22-inch wheels. On the inside, we find Alcantara seats and printed S logos, stainless steel pedals, and aluminum door sill inlays.

Talking about the powertrain, the new Audi SQ8 carries the same 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged diesel V8 as available in the Audi SQ7. With its mild hybrid system, it produces 429 horsepower (320 kiloWatts) and an enormous 664 pound-feet (900 Newton-meters) of torque. The power goes to all the wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission. The SQ8 can hit 100 km/h in only 4.8 seconds on its way to the speed of 250 km/h. The SUV boasts standard carbon fiber ceramic disc brakes with red calipers.

Other standard equipment comprises of adaptive air suspension and Audi’s Drive Select dynamic handling system while the four-wheel steering facility is optional. The latter is also part of the enhanced suspension package.

The new Audi SQ8 will reach Europe sometime in the last quarter of this year. A turbocharged 3.0-liter TFSI V6 model is also a possibility for the U.S markets. We do not have any news yet regarding SQ8’s launch in the UAE.

The new Audi SQ8 will reportedly start at around £85,000 or $108,000.

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