Audi launched its V8 diesel versions in sporty disguise called the SQ7 and the SQ8 in the in the high-performance SUV segment.
Audi launched its V8 diesel versions in sporty disguise called the SQ7 and the SQ8 in the in the high-performance SUV segment. The SQ-versions are distinguished by their aggressive and sporty design and are now available in South Africa as part of a limited, one-off TDI engine launch opportunity.
What is under the hood and how quick are the pair?
The 4.0 TDI V8 diesel, with twin turbos, is good for 310 kW and 900 Nm. Audi says both models will reach 100 km/h in 4.8 seconds, top out at 250 km/h and consume only around 8.7 litres diesel per 100 kilometres (combined cycle). Power is delivered to all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic gearbox.
Both models have adaptive air suspension with sport system that integrates controlled dampers. It can vary the ride height of the body by up to 90 millimetres. The optional all-wheel steering consists of two components. The front axle steering, which has a sporty and direct gear ratio, increases the vehicle’s agility considerably. A spindle drive influences the rear wheels. At low speed, it turns them by up to 5 degrees in the opposite direction, which makes it easier to manoeuvre.
Looking the part:
As standard, the Audi SQ7 and SQ8 are fitted with 21-inch Audi Sport wheels with an option to upgrade to 22 inches (for the SQ7) and up to 23 inches (for the SQ8). The red brake callipers feature an S logo on the front axle and are standard for both models. Thanks to its S-specific details, the special status of the Audi SQ7 and SQ8 becomes apparent at first glance. The front features double slats in the single frame and a distinctly three-dimensional blade in the bumper, while the side air inlets are filled with a honeycomb grid.
On the inside:
The sport seats are upholstered with Valcona leather and come standard with a heating function in the front and memory function for both front seats. Their backrests feature S embossing, and colour-coordinated contrasting stitching complements the appearance. The inlays are made of matt brushed aluminium. The series production scope also includes illuminated door sill trims with aluminium inlays with the S logo at the front.
New computing power:
In terms of controls, infotainment and connectivity, the Audi SQ7 and Audi SQ8 are equipped with state-of-the-art technology. The MMI touch response control system integrates two large displays in the centre of the instrument panel. A heads-up display that projects important information onto the windshield is available as an option. The standard Audi virtual cockpit plus with S-specific views is controlled via the multifunction steering wheel and serves as the standard display instrument. The driver can activate different screens, including an “S-Performance” look. It shifts the focus to the rev counter and displays the power output and torque as percentages.
The services in the Audi connect portfolio offer customised information and intelligent assistance. The SQ7 and SQ8 are equipped with the top infotainment system MMI navigation plus as standard, which exploits the full potential of Audi connect. The navigation system offers satellite images and takes predictions on the development of the traffic situation, weather, parking availability and point of interest search information into account.
The prices (February 2021):
The SQ7 costs R1 679 500 and the SQ8 is priced at R1 848 500.
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