When Audi unveiled the SQ7 in Europe back in March 2016, it took a lot of people by surprise because of the company’s somewhat unusual engine choice – a 4.0 TDI V8 with 435 horsepower and 664 pound-feet (900 Newton-meters) of torque. Additional performance cars carrying the Four Rings have been introduced since then with diesel power on the Old Continent, including the SQ8 launched in June 2019.
If you’ve been longing for a gasoline-fueled SQ7 or SQ8 on European shores, you’re in luck as Audi is introducing today the TFSI variants of the dynamic duo to replace the diesel. These follow the North American counterparts with the same twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 producing 500 horsepower and 568 pound-feet (770 Newton-meters) of torque.
It’s enough TFSI muscle to guarantee a 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) sprint in 4.1 seconds and a 50 to 75 mph (80 to 120 km/h) run in 3.8 seconds. Flat out, both the SQ7 and SQ8 will reach an electronically capped 155 mph (250 km/h). As it’s the case with the models sold in the United States, the speedy SUVs have an eight-speed tiptronic transmission sending power to the Quattro all-wheel-drive system.
While the SQ7 gets standard 20-inch wheels with up to a 22-inch optional set, the SQ8 rides on 21-inch alloys or can be specified with wheels as large as 23 inches. All-wheel steering helps reduce the turning circle by turning the rear wheels in the opposite direction to the front ones by as much as five degrees at speeds below 37.3 mph (60 km/h). Above this velocity, the rear wheels turn in the same direction as the front ones for better stability.
Pricing in Germany is already out, with the SQ7 kicking off at €93,287 while the swoopy SQ8 starts at €101,085. Interestingly, the TFSI models cost exactly the same as their outgoing TDI siblings. Audi will have the two performance SUVs on sale in Europe this fall.