Luxury marque Audi has continued its new model onslaught with petrol-powered versions of the SQ7 and SQ8 performance SUVs, dubbed the SQ7 TFSI and SQ8 TFSI.

    CarExpert has contacted Audi Australia for local details and timing, and is awaiting a response.

    “The brand is thus responding to the worldwide trend toward sporty gasoline engines in the high-performance SUV segment,” Audi says in its press release, with the new TFSI models set to arrive in Europe during autumn 2020 – spring for the southern hemisphere.

    Power in both crossovers comes from a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 with cylinder-on-demand technology, likely related to the unit used in the RS6, RS7 and RSQ8 but sans 48V mild-hybrid trickery.

    Outputs are rated at 373kW and 770Nm – slightly down on the 441kW/800Nm produced by RS models. By comparison, the 4.0 TDI V8 SQ7 and SQ8 produce 320kW and 900Nm.

    Audi claims the SQ7 TFSI and SQ8 TFSI can sprint from 0-100 in just 4.1 seconds, an improvement of 0.7 seconds over the diesel versions.

    Drive is sent to a quattro permanent all-wheel drive system via an eight-speed ‘tiptronic’ automatic with torque converter, with sport-tuned air suspension fitted as standard.

    Furthermore, the performance SUVs accelerate from 80km/h to 120km/h in a claimed 3.8 seconds, meaning overtaking will be a breeze.

    Top speed is electronically limited to 250km/h, while fuel consumption is rated at 12.0-12.1L/100km “depending on equipment chosen” – likely down to wheel/tyre combinations.

    Audi has employed several methods to get all that grunt to the road while maintaining a luxurious and powerful feel.

    Firstly, there’s “two mode-controlled actuators [that] modulate the eight-cylinder sound”, while ‘oscillating coils’ in the active engine mounts help to minimise vibrations through the vehicle’s body by generating counter-vibrations to “largely eliminate them”.

    There’s also all-wheel steering which turns the rear wheels by as much as give degrees in the opposite direction under 60km/h for improved agility, and turns them “slightly in the same direction” above 60km/h for enhanced stabilty.

    Further bolstering stability and minimising body lean is the standard fitment of electro-mechanical active roll stabilisation – motor-driven stabilisers on each axle – as well as the quattro sport differential which vectors torque between the rear wheels for better handling.

    The SQ7 TFSI comes standard with 20-inch wheels while the SQ8 TFSI features larger 21-inch rims. Both can be optioned with 22-inch wheels, and the SQ8 even has the option of huge 23-inch rims.

    Brakes in both models feature 400mm front discs with black ‘S’ calipers, with carbon-ceramic stoppers optional.

    Deliveries for the SQ7 TFSI and SQ8 TFSI will commence in Europe around September, with prices starting from €93,287 ($152,173) for the SQ7 TFSI and €101,085 ($164,893) for the SQ8 TFSI.

    We’ll update once we have Australian-specific details. Stay tuned.

    Tell us your preference in the comments below – V8 TDI or V8 TFSI?

    James Wong

    James Wong is the Production Editor at CarExpert based in Melbourne, Australia. With experience on both media and manufacturer sides of the industry, James has a specialty for product knowledge which stems from a life-long obsession with cars. James is a Monash University journalism graduate, an avid tennis player, and the proud charity ambassador for Drive Against Depression – an organisation that supports mental wellness through the freedom of driving and the love of cars. He's also the proud father of Freddy, a 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI .

    Buy and Lease
    Uncover exclusive deals and discounts with a VIP referral to Australia's best dealers
    Uncover exclusive deals and discounts with a VIP referral to Australia's best dealers