The Audi Q8 has been on the market for awhile now, but Audi is hoping to keep it fresh with the reveal of the 2020 SQ8, which has a massive diesel V-8 under the hood.
Borrowing the engine found under the hood of the SQ7, the SQ8 is powered by Audi’s twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 with 429 horsepower and an Earth-moving 664 pound-feet of torque. The engine is supplemented by a 48-volt electrical architecture and oversized alternator to basically eliminate turbo lag.
Audi says the powertrain will be enough to send the SQ8 from zero to 62 mph in about 4.8 seconds.
The SQ8 isn’t just a more powerful version of the Q8. Audi has slotted carbon ceramic brakes at all four corners and Adaptive Air Suspension as standard equipment. Customers can opt for a four-wheel steering system as an option, along with a sport differential.
Speaking of differential, the SQ8 is visually different over the lesser Q8 by new quad exhaust tips, revised air intakes up front and sport-specific wheels. Inside is a similar story, with “S” embossments on the seatbacks and aluminum pedals and doorsill plates.
Given Audi and Volkswagen’s history with diesel engines in the United States, it probably goes without saying that this version of the 2020 Audi SQ8 will not make it stateside. That said, Audi is reportedly working on a SQ8 with a gas engine that should make its way to the U.S.