New model was first previewed by the Q8 Sport Concept and has now been seen in prototype guise
Sam Sheehan
19 September 2017

Audi is testing a super-hybrid SUV with a petrol-electric drivetrain producing around 470bhp.

Set to be named the SQ8, it’ll sit atop the Q8 range, which is due to be launched next year as the new flagship SUV model.

The Q8 Sport Concept from earlier this year gives insight as to what will be under the bonnet of the all-wheel-drive performance model. It uses a 3.0-litre TFSI V6 petrol engine that produces 444bhp, with electronic assistance from a 20kWh motor, boosting total output to 469bhp and 516lb ft.

The concept is claimed to be capable of hitting 62mph in 4.7sec and powering on to a top speed of 171mph. This suggests the production car will rank in close contention with the BMW X6 M, which makes use of a more traditional turbocharged V8 set-up.

As shown by a recent sighting of a development car, the SQ8 will have a squatter stance than its non-performance siblings, largely due to a more aggressive air suspension set-up.

It’ll also come with more aggressive bumpers and its own wheel design. A standard equipment list is likely to include carbon ceramic brake discs and Audi Virtual Cockpit technology.

When the Q8 range launches next year, it could start from around £60,000, making it a natural rival to the BMW X6. The SQ8’s price is therefore likely to reflect that of the X6 M, which begins at £97,810.

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19 September 2017

With BMW about to produce a X7 and Mercedes already doing the GLS I wonder whether Audi will follow suit and produce a Q9. Unless that class of SUV is already covered within the VW Group by the Bentayga, albeit being a pricier competitor in the class.

19 September 2017

Round our way someone's chopped (put it on it's bump stops) a Q7, if nothing else it's certainly attention grabbing.

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

19 September 2017

needs to be 5.5 metres long and be a bit more boxier than the Q7 and have that great quality  trademark dashboard that looks dead  -hit boring.

20 September 2017
Just my opinion but does the world need another over-sized, over-powered, over-priced SUV in which overtly-egotistical owners can declare their importance, whilst attempting to defy the laws of physics.
Seriously, how small does your codwangle need to be to contemplate buying one of these things??

TS7

20 September 2017

...so one can't blame manufacturers from mining there.

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