The new Audi SQ8 (which is scheduled to hit South Africa in the first quarter of 2020) isn't exactly lacking in oomph. But that hasn’t stopped ABT Sportsline from handing Ingolstadt’s diesel-powered flagship SUV even more power.
Yes, thanks to a spot of tinkering (in this case, seemingly little more than the addition of a new engine control unit), the German tuner has boosted the 4,0-litre twin-turbodiesel V8’s peak outputs from the standard 320 kW and 900 N.m to an even more impressive 375 kW and 970 N.m.
With all that grunt still directed to all four corners via an eight-speed automatic transmission (and the powertrain retaining its 48 V mild hybrid system), the ABT-tuned version should hit 100 km/h from standstill in about 4,5 seconds (that’s three-tenths quicker than standard).
Of course, ABT also offers all manner of extras for the SQ8, including a lowering kit, a set of 23-inch forged alloy wheels and plenty of optional odds and ends for the interior. There’s also a full ABT body kit, which includes a front apron attachment, a new rear apron, a rear roof spoiler, ABT badging and a blacked Audi logo.
See (and hear) the tuned model in the video below…
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