Ingolstadt - Audi has unleashed the ‘S’ version of its Q8 flagship crossover and it’s powered by Europe’s most powerful diesel engine.
Due to hit South African streets in early 2020, the SQ8 TDI has a 4-litre twin-turbo V8 diesel that produces 320Nm and 900Nm of torque, the latter available from just 1250rpm.
The result is genuine sports car performance, the SQ8 sprinting from 0-100km/h in just 4.8 seconds, according to claims, while the top speed is electronically limited to 250km/h.
The SQ8 features Audi’s 48-volt mild hybrid system, which not only reduces consumption by up to 0.5 litres per 100km, but also powers an electric compressor, which helps get the car off the mark lag-free.
Power goes to all four wheels through an eight speed Tiptronic autobox and quattro permanent all-wheel-drive, and the vehicle is also fitted with sport-tuned adaptive air suspension and Audi drive select.