Audi has confirmed it will offer its refreshed SQ7 and new SQ8 in V8 petrol form in some markets after revealing the two performance SUVs in diesel flavour in 2019.
While the TDI-badged versions already confirmed for South Africa (now set to launch in the second half of 2020) each employ a 4,0-litre V8 twin-turbodiesel engine (assisted by an electrically powered compressor, which is fed by a 48 V system) offering 320 kW and a stonking 900 N.m, the models destined for markets such as North America will interestingly wear TFSI badging.
These variants will employ Ingolstadt’s turbocharged 4,0-litre V8 petrol engine, here generating 373 kW and 770 N.m. Audi claims this is enough for a sprint from standstill to 100 km/h in a little over 4,3 seconds (that's nearly half a second quicker than the oil-burning derivatives).
As with the diesel-powered SQ7 and SQ8, the US-spec models each feature an eight-speed automatic transmission and standard quattro all-wheel drive, with top speed electronically limited to 250 km/h.
Audi South Africa told CARmag.co.za there was a "possibility" of the TFSI versions being offered locally at some point in the future but that for now just the TDI models had been confirmed for SA.
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