Audi’s current pair of turbopetrol performance SUVs, the SQ7 and SQ8, has been given a modest modification package at the hands of ABT which includes an increase in power and some mild visual enhancements.
Both the SQ7 and SQ8 make use of VAG’s turbocharged 4,0-litre V8 which sends 373 kW and 770 N.m of torque to all four-wheels. Using an ABT Power S engine control unit, the tuning firm has been able to increase this output to 478 kW and 850 N.m.
ABT hasn’t given any performance details on the SQ7 but it claims that with this bump in power, the SQ8 will sprint from 0-100 km/h in 3,8 seconds. As standard, Audi claims a time of 4,1 seconds.
To complement this power output, both cars have been fitted with an aero package which provides skirt add-ons to the front and rear. For the SQ7, 102 mm quadpipes and a set of HR22 alloy wheels in dark smoke or gloss black acts as the finishing touch for the customised performance SUVs. Optionally, the GR22 design is available in matte and gloss black.
The quadpipes are not mentioned for the SQ8 but wheel options include the 23-inch High PerformanceGR design.
As a complete vehicle, ABT has listed the SQ7 package at €121 319 (approximately R1,9 million) while the SQ8 will set you back €130 795 (approximately R2,2 million).
In our local market, both the SQ7 and SQ8 are fitted with the turbodiesel 4,0-litre v8 which sends 310 kW and 900 N.m of torque to all four paws via an eight-speed torque converter. For these models, ABT has created a kit which increases power to 375 kW and 970 N.m of torque and makes use of the same visual enhancements.
Those looking for something a bit more dramatic can opt for the RS Q8 package which increased power to 515 kW and 880 N.m. Although, this package boasts the same 0-100 km/h time of 3,8 seconds.