2020 Audi SQ7 and SQ8 Coming This Spring With 500 Hp

Published on January 14, 2020 in News by Guillaume Rivard

The 2020 model year is a big one for Audi’s large SUVs. We’ve already told you about the changes being made to the Q7 and the addition of the super-sporty RS Q8, but there’s more on the way.

Set to go on sale in late spring, the new 2020 Audi SQ7 and SQ8 will fill a performance void in their respective lineups. They will directly take on the BMW X5 xDrive50i and X6 xDrive50i.

Both are equipped with a twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre TFSI V8 engine capable of generating 500 horsepower and 568 pound-feet of torque to all four wheels via an eight-speed Tiptronic transmission and quattro all-wheel drive. They accelerate from 0-96 km/h in 4.3 seconds on the way to a 250 km/h top speed.

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A standard S-tuned adaptive air suspension improves the ride, while all-wheel steering can turn the rear wheels in the opposite direction of the front wheels to aid low-speed maneuverability and handling, as well as stability at higher speeds.

For superior performance and cornering prowess, an available quattro sport differential is able to adjust the front-to-rear torque split from 40/60 to 20/80 in addition to transferring torque from side-to-side at the rear wheels. Buyers can also add electromechanical active roll stabilization, which stiffens the front and rear stabilizer bars in sporty driving conditions.

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The 2020 SQ7 and SQ8 are further differentiated with what Audi calls “Alu-optic” or “Black-optic” design elements, plus Matrix LED headlights and quad tailpipes. The former gets a new octagonal Singleframe grille. Wheel designs are available in a size of up to 22 inches.

Inside, look for S sport seats with heating/ventilation and unique cross-stitched leather, not to mention a flat-bottom steering wheel and aluminum pedals. The optional Bang & Olufsen 3D sound system turns the vehicle into a concert hall.

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Pricing and packaging details will be announced closer to the models’ on-sale dates. For the record, the base Audi Q7 and Q8 start at $71,300 and $82,350, respectively.

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