The Q8 currently sits at the top of Audi's SUV range، and it's now reaching even higher with a new high-performance SQ8 variant. Set to go on sale in Europe this summer as an SQ8 TDI model with a powerful turbo-diesel V-8 engine، the SQ8 is all but confirmed for the U.S. market as well، but it will have a gasoline engine on our shores، as the Car News said.
Audi says that it will release information about the gasoline-powered SQ8 later، but we suspect that it will have the same turbocharged 2.9-liter V-6 engine in the new Audi S6 and S7 models. That engine، which has a 48-volt mild-hybrid setup with an electric supercharger، makes 450 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque and pairs with an eight-speed automatic transmission and Quattro all-wheel drive. The SQ8 TDI's 4.0-liter turbo-diesel V-8 makes 429 horsepower and a whopping 664 lb-ft of torque Other than its powertrain، the eventual U.S.-bound SQ8 will be nearly identical to the European model shown here. Different wheels، a few extra vents، a different grille treatment، and quad exhaust tips round on the rather subtle exterior treatment for the S model، which isn't very easily distinguishable from the standard Q8. The interior has extra black trim and diamond-stitched leather، with bits of carbon-fiber trim and contrast stitching available as options.