These are the first spy shots of Audi’s more potent Q8. More precisely, you are looking the prototype of the 2019 Audi SQ8. We know it’s the more the SQ model due to some specific exterior details.
If you look more closely, you will find out that the camouflage hides a vehicle which sits lower to the ground. Plus, it sports some unique styling cues in the front, such as larger air intakes and more aggressive bumper. In addition, there the more flared fenders come together with larger wheels and special tires, while the rear end packs a totally different bumper with a pair of large exhaust pipes. Of course, ceramic brakes and sport-tuned suspension will also be invited to the party, while the cab should get a full treatment of Audi’s Virtual Cockpit.
The most important part of the 2019 Audi SQ8 will be the powertrain without any doubt. The European model will get two options. That’s because the manufacturer plans to introduce the SQ8 TDI as well. The oil-burner will use a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 diesel, which currently produces 429 horsepower and 663 pound-feet of twist. In North America, the SQ8 will rely on hybrid power only. The crossover will use a setup which is using a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-6 and an electric motor. The combined system pumps out 469 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque, powering all four wheels via the eight-speed automatic transmission. Unofficially, the 2019 SQ8 will be able to accelerate to 60 mph in 47 seconds. On the other hand, top speed will be limited to 170 mph.
In case you have a reason for more power, there is the 2020 Audi RS Q8 in the works. The range-toping crossover might also get two options. The less potent model will rely on gasoline power only, featuring a V8 with 600 hp, while the most potent version will host Porsche’s Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid powertrain. In case you don’t know, the system develops exactly 680 ponies.
While we know that the RS Q8 must be the “six-figure” crossover, the 2019 Audi SQ8 might stay just a little bit below $100K.