Not a few got excited when German premium carmaker Audi joined the luxury coupe-SUV segment with the all-new Audi Q8. This new SUV offers customers both the versatility of an SUV and the elegance of a five-door coupe. It offers considerable performance, with more powerful versions slated to arrive soon.
However, for those who can’t wait for the upcoming high-performance versions of the Audi Q8 – the carmaker is still working on them – German tuner ABT is offering to boost the power level of the diesel-powered coupe-SUV. Yes, while there is an increasing hatred against diesel models, it really doesn’t mean this mill is going to die soon, not when such engine is installed under the hood of Audi’s flagship SUV.
ABT is counting on the fact that there are still customers in Europe who believe in diesel power. Such customers are what pushing ABT to further make the diesel variant of the Audi Q8 more powerful. The Q8 – in its Q8 50 TDI version -- is powered by a 3.0-liter V6 TDI engine that delivers 282 hp (213 kW) of max output and 442 lb.-ft. (600 Nm) of peak torque. This V6 TDI mill is complemented by an eight-speed tiptronic automatic transmission and Audi’s Quattro AWD system. This version of the Audi Q8 can sprint from zero to 62 mph (100 km/h) in just 6.2 seconds, and achieve a top speed of 152 mph (245 km/h).
Interestingly, the V6 diesel engine in the new Audi Q8 employs a mild hybrid technology, which makes use of a 40-volt electric network, a lithium ion battery, and a belt driver alternator starter. This mild hybrid technology allows the Q8 to with the V6 diesel engine switched off up to speed of 100 mph (160 km/h), while recovering up to 12 kW during deceleration.
But ABT is offering something better. The boost package that ABT has created for the sake of making the new Audi Q8 more powerful allows the engine to deliver more power at 326 hp (243 kW) of max output and 480 lb.-ft. (650 Nm) of peak torque. The German tuner didn’t disclose the resulting performance numbers – like the zero-to-62 mph time and top speed – but the Q8 as tuned by ABT should be much quicker that the Q8 50 TDI version.
To match the higher power of this tuned Q8, ABT removed the stock wheels of the new Audi coupe-SUV and fitted a set of new 22-inch rims, as available in polished double spokes or a glossy look. ABT is also looking forward to offer full aerodynamic package for the new Audi Q8.
Nonetheless, more patient customers may still wait for the two performance versions of the Audi Q8: the Audi SQ8 and Audi RS Q8.