Published on September 6th, 2023 | by Subhash Nair


Audi Gives Q8 & SQ8 Models A Facelift

The Audi Q8 and the high-performance SQ8 have been given another update.

Back in 2018, Audi expanded the SUV range with the Q8 model and then later added the SQ8 for those looking for something more exciting. Then 2020 came and the company decided to give the family of large SUVs a major update with more black trim elements and new powertrain options. Today, they’ve revealed the facelift to the Q8 and SQ8 which consists of redesign and some technology upgrades.

The new look features a new Singleframe design with a new octogonal motif for the grille replacing the rectangular grille inlets. The new look for the Q8 shows Audi’s new philosophy of further distinguishing each of their models. The lower front bumper intakes also get these octagonal grilles but in a reduced size. It does look like the side air intakes are functional. Another big change is the introduction of the new 2-dimensional Audi logo.

The headlights have also been upgrade to high-intensity LED units that can be upgraded to matrix LED headlights or even HD Matrix LED headlights with laser light high beams. Just like the new MINI models, the Audi Q8’s LED daytime running lights and new OLED taillight graphics can be configured through a software toggle. These taillights also completely light up when another vehicle gets too close – it’s the anti-tailgating feature non-Audi drivers crave!

Audi Q8 facelift from the front

Engine options include a 3.0L V6 petrol turbo with 335hp and 500Nm of torque being sent to all four wheels, lending a 0-100km/h time of just 5.6 seconds. A 3.0L V6 turbo diesel is also available with 228hp and 500Nm of torque. This one does the century sprint in 7.1 seconds, but a higher tuned version is available with 282hp and 600Nm of torque and that does it in 6.1 seconds.

The Audi SQ8 on the other hand is powered by a 4.0L twin turbo V8 petrol engine with 500 hp and 770Nm of torque, sent to all four wheels via a quicker shifting version of the Q8’s 8-speed Tiptronic transmission. This thing goes from 0-100km/h in just 4.1 seconds and has its top speed electronically limited to 250km/h. For emissions and fuel efficiency reasons, the V8 can deactivate four of its cylinders in an instant when power is not called for. The SQ8 also comes with 400mm front brake discs and 350mm rear brake discs with brake calipers in red or black.

Audi Q8 customers can now choose three new metallic paints, Chili Red, Ascari Blue and Sakhir Gold and there are 5 alloy wheel designs ranging from 21-23 inches across. Inside, there are a variety of inlay and upholstery choices.

The Audi Q8 and SQ8 will be priced from 86700 euros and 119,500 euros respectively.

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