With good reason, the RS Q8 is currently getting pretty much all the attention among Audi’s many SUVs. However, the warm SQ8 might just hit the sweet pot between performance and price as it starts off at $89,000 or a little over $25,000 less than its RS counterpart. Unlike the SQ8 sold in Europe with a much-criticized diesel engine, the North American variant gets a proper twin-turbo V8 4.0-liter gasoline engine.
While the SQ8 is considerably more affordable than the RS Q8, there are still many ways to jack up the price and eventually hit six figures. One such car is this SQ8 in the Prestige trim with the Matador Red Metallic paint and the optional Black Optic package bringing dark accents and those nifty 22-inch wheels.
YouTuber Bros FOURR Speed had the opportunity to spend some time with this SQ8 and go through all of its standard and optional features. The fancy Bang & Olufsen sound system alone costs an extra $5,000 and comes with a whopping 23 speakers for a total output of 1,920 watts. The reviewer was not only impressed by the generous array of goodies, but also by the overall quality of the materials, power delivery, and the quick response of the eight-speed Tiptronic gearbox.
It’s also a relatively practical SUV considering its far sleeker shape compared to the conventionally styled Q7. The cargo area is fairly large and you can slide the rear seats forward and aft depending on whether you need more legroom or cargo volume. Rear-seat occupants have their own climate control settings and sufficient headroom, thus making the SQ8 a proper family SUV that just so happens to have sports car qualities thanks to the brawny engine.
The V8 produces 500 horsepower and 568 pound-feet (770 Newton-meters) of torque, which is enough to propel the luxobarge to 60 mph (96 km/h) from a standstill in 4.3 seconds. That’s not too shabby considering the SQ8 weighs 5,324 pounds (2,415 kilograms). Overall, the Audi SQ8 has all the ingredients for an ideal one-car garage as it can pretty much do everything, save for serious off-roading.