Caught: Audi SQ8 and RS Q8

Hair, 26. June 2018

In July, 2018 Audi launches new luxury SUV-coupe Q8. The beginning of a 286-horsepower TDI. A 245-HP Diesel, as well as a 340-horsepower gasoline engine will follow. In the Background, but Audi is already in the Portfolio of the BMW X6 competitor to expand. According to the top. As the latest spy images show, is a sportive SQ8. But it is also a series-the RS Q8 is apparently in the making. And could hit in terms of performance so right on the plaster.

The RS Q8 gets the Porsche Hybrid?

When SQ8, the case is relatively clear. He will continue as the technology donor SQ7 – on the mighty 4.0 – litre V8 TDI. Two turbochargers and an electric compressor for 435 HP and 900 Newton meters of torque. Almost turbo-lag-is likely to sprint frees the SQ8 in 4.8 seconds from 0-100 km/h. Technology Gimmicks, such as a four-wheel steering and a electric roll stabilization for SUV-atypical driving dynamics. What relates to the new RS Q8, is blurred the situation. The logical choice, it seemed, would be the twin-turbo V8 petrol engine from the RS 6 and RS 7. The 650 HP one could trust the unit in Ingolstadt-Top SUV. But now the media is piling up reports, according to which Audi the RS Q8 and possibly the mighty 680-HP Hybrid, but the Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid could make use of.

Internally difficult

There is a 550 HP strong four-liter twin-turbo V8 in conjunction with a 136-horsepower electric motor for a barbarian, and (at least temporarily) relatively clean propulsion. Porsche will bring the combination probably soon in his Cayenne. But, the Audi RS Q8 is allowed to benefit from it? A little weird that would be. Point one: The RS Q8 would be the most potent Audi of all time. Potent as the Performance flagship, the R8, which is currently "only" 610 HP. Point two: He was also more than a Lamborghini Urus or the Bentley Bentayga. At least until these two new Hybrid options. 0-100 km/h in about 3.5 seconds should be with the Mega-Hybrid, even in a large, heavy SUV.

Look at the Q8 sports Concept

Visually, the RS Q8 right close to the Q8 sports Concept, the Audi at the Geneva motor show in 2017. With a huge grille, larger air intakes, wider wheel arches and the typical oval tailpipes. The Audi SQ8 could still come in on the market this year. The RS Q8, we expect mid-2019. If he comes, then, indeed, as the 680-horsepower Plug-in Hybrid, therefore, we have to wait and see.(sw)