Is the Audi SQ8 Really a Cut-Rate Lamborghini Urus?

For the American market, the Audi SQ8 comes with a 4.0 liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine, similar to the one found in the Audi S8 and RS6 Avant. It’s a monster of an engine, making a whopping 500 horsepower and 568 lb-ft of torque. It’s a monster car, one that we recently had the chance to test ourselves (review coming soon!). It’s such a monster, in fact, that Car and Driver claims it to be a discount Lamborghini Urus.


What’s interesting about that claim is that the Lamborghini Urus has more in common with the full-beans Audi RS Q8. However, C&D is saying that the full-on Audi Sport model isn’t worth the price premium and that the lesser Audi SQ8 is actually the better buy. More than that, despite coming in at a lower price point and sporting less power, the SQ8 is as fast and as capable as you’ll ever need.

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With all of that power, C&D clocked the SQ8 from 0-60 mph in 3.6 seconds, which is astonishingly fast for an SUV of its size and heft, with only 500 horsepower. For reference, that’s actually a tenth faster than the Audi-claimed claimed 0-60 mph time for the more powerful RS Q8.


But it’s not just raw, straight-line speed. The Audi SQ8 is also killer in the bends. Its steering and handling completely belie its size and weight. The SQ8 is closer to 5,500 lbs that we’re comfortable with and yet it handles like a sport sedan. It’s a genuinely impressive piece of kit. Shockingly, it’s also quite fun to drive, with sharp turn-in, a balanced chassis and high levels of lateral grip. You can really hustle an SQ8.

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So the Audi SQ8 is faster than even the RS Q8 claims to be and it’s almost as fast as a Urus. All while being cheaper than both and offering more practicality than the Urus. It also looks so, so much better than the Lamborghini. Which really does make it a bargain Lamborghini Urus.


[Source: Car and Driver]

Nico DeMattia

I've been in love with cars since I was a kid, specifically German cars. Now I get to drive them talk about them on the internet.