Just a couple of days ago, Audi dropped a bit of a bombshell on the performance SUV market. While we had all known that a performance version of the brand’s latest SUV “Coupe”, the Audi Q8, was coming to market, we didn’t expect it to be *gasp* a diesel. Now it’s here, though, the Audi SQ8 TDI and it is indeed powered by a diesel engine.
While it’s not super surprising in retrospect, as the Audi SQ7 is also a diesel and the new S6/S7 models are diesels as well, it’s still a bit odd. The brand has been trying to get out from under its massive diesel emissions scandal for years, so making performance diesel SUVs seems like a bit of a silly idea. Having said that, Audi is doing enough with electrification to offset its use of crude fuel.
In this new photo gallery, we get to check out the Audi SQ8 TDI and all of its absurdity. When we spent a week with the standard Q8 a few months back, we actually grew to like its looks. Though, now that I’m seeing the SQ8, I’m learning that my affection for it came thanks to my test car’s black grille surround. With that grille surround blacked out, on a black car, you cant’ really notice it. So it doesn’t look as if it has one of those dental cheek retractors in its mouth. The Audi SQ8 TDI sports a brushed aluminum looks for its grille surround, so it looks as if its cheeks are being spread open to expose its teeth.
Which is a shame because of the rest of it is actually good looking. The shape of the Q8 is starting to look really good, with its muscular rear haunches and athletic stance. Its chunky wheels and quad exhaust pipes make the SQ8 stand out even further. On the inside, it’s essentially identical to the standard car, just with red seats in these photos, and some extra “S” badges throughout.
Overall, though, the Audi SQ8 TDI is a cool car that sports some very unique styling in its segment, along with a 429 hp/664 lb-ft twin-turbo V8 diesel, to make it one of the more interesting performance SUVs on the market.