There has passed or a week from the time the Audi unveiled the Q8 concept, in the Detroit exhibition, and today we learn that the German company is preparing and the “S” version of the model.
Audi SQ8 Specification and Performance
The Audi SQ8, as you understand it shares the same components with SQ7, which means that under the hood there will be the brand new V8 4.0-liter TDI engine, which is coupled with an electric supercharger (EPC), which passes for the first time in production, it delivers 435 horses with 900 Nm of torque from just 1,000 rpm. EPC job is to help the twin turbos spin up at low revs to provide maximum responsiveness and minimum turbo lag. In SQ7 the result is 0-62mph in 4.9 seconds and a top speed of 155mph – expect the performance to be very similar in the SQ8.
It is also rumored that the same machine can find its way into the SQ5. The new Audi Q5 hot version was also unveiled in Detroit, powered by a new 3.0-liter gasoline turbo V6 with 349bhp and 500Nm of torque. However, torque and economy figures beat the old SQ5 statistics for the new model. Using a 4.0-liter V8 with its 900nm of torque will redress the balance.
Audi SQ8 Release Date
SQ5 is scheduled to arrive in the UK in the second half of this year, with a diesel version for some time in 2018. Audi Q8 should also join the range in 2018 and SQ8 models should not be too far behind.