Audi reveals scorching SQ8 as new flagship SUV

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429bhp four.Zero-litre twin-turbocharged engine is agency’s strongest V8 in Europe

Audi has revealed the brand new scorching SQ8 as its flagship SUV, that includes a 429bhp gentle hybrid turbodiesel V8 engine.

The four.Zero-litre biturbo unit provided within the range-topping efficiency model of the coupe-inspired Q8 massive SUV is probably the most highly effective V8 provided by the agency in Europe. It produces 664lb ft and powers the seven-seater from Zero-62mph in four.eight seconds, with a restricted prime pace of 155mph. 

The diesel, which mechanically turns off one of many two turbochargers at low speeds to spice up gasoline economic system, is mated to a 48V gentle hybrid system, operated by a belt alternator starter linked to the crankshaft. It may generate as much as 11bhp beneath braking, and permit the SQ8 to coast with out the engine lively for as much as 40 seconds at speeds between 34 and 100mph.

Energy is pushed to all 4 wheels by way of an eight-speed automated gearbox, with an non-obligatory superior suspension bundle together with a sport differential that may stability torque between the rear wheels when cornering.

As normal, the automobile sits on adaptive air suspension, which might alter the journey top by as much as 90mm, and options electromechanical lively roll stabilisation, which makes use of an electrical motor to cut back physique motion.

All-wheel steering is accessible as an choice, both by itself or as a part of the superior suspension bundle.

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The SQ8 sits on 21-inch wheels as normal, with 22-inch accessible upon request. Carbon fibre ceramic brake discs can be found as normal.

The SQ8 options a lot of design tweaks from the Q8, which is intently associated to the extra sensible Q7 and constructed on the VW Group’s MLB Evo platform. 

It beneficial properties a brand new S-specific grille that includes a matt silver body and LED headlights, together with revamped air inlets and new aluminium-effect mirrors. On the rear, the diffuser is completed in a matt black color, with quad exhausts. A black styling bundle shall be provided to additional differentiate the automobile.

Inside, as with different S machines the SQ8 is completed in black, with a mixture of leather-based and Alcantara, and embossed S logos within the seats. Stainless-steel pedals and footrest, together with aluminium inlays on the door sills, are normal.

As with the Q8, the SQ8 is obtainable with a twin touchscreen set-up and Audi’s Digital Cockpit digital instrument cluster, which options S-specific graphics and shows.

The SQ8 is because of go on sale within the UK within the coming months. Pricing has but to be set, however will doubtless be a rise on the present range-topping Q8, the 55 TFSI, which prices £80,815.

Whereas the SQ8 will solely be provided within the UK and Europe with the turbodiesel powerplant, largely as a result of want to fulfill EU CO2 targets, petrol engined-versions shall be provided in different markets.

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