Last year Audi made a high-performance variant of its Q8 called SQ8 and designed to place itself on the price list between the basic model and the more powerful RS Q8 whose production will start this year.

Compared to the standard variant, this version is recognizable for the body with new aerodynamic elements and a large number of level 2 driving aids have been equipped.

In contrast to the opinions that predict the imminent disappearance of diesel engines, the German company has decided to supply this vehicle with a TDI V8 4.0 Biturbo engine managed by an eight-speed Tiptronic sequential gearbox and combined with four-wheel drive.

Able to generate the power of 429 hp with 900 Nm torque, the engine can push the car up to a maximum speed of 250 km / h with acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h in 4.8 seconds.

For an SUV, these are respectable performances, but the ABT technicians were convinced they could do better and built an enhanced variant pending the release of the new RS Q8.

First of all, a new carbon fiber body kit was installed and new 23 "alloy wheels wrapped in sports tires were inserted.

The V8 engine was then upgraded to deliver the power of 503 hp with 970 Nm of torque by reprogramming the electronic control unit and this guarantees acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h in 4.6 seconds.

To adapt to the new engine performance, the original air suspension has been replaced with new stiffened sports-derived models.

PROMOTIONAL VIDEO OF THE ABT SQ8

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VERDICT

The upgrade makes the car seem very aggressive and shows that the diesels are still in excellent health, but what do you think?

Thank you to Valentina Zanola and Alessandro Renesis for the cooperation

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