2020 Audi SQ8 TDI: 4L twin turbo V8 diesel has electric compressor

2020 Audi SQ8 TDI is powered by the same 4L twin turbo V8 diesel engine with an electric compressor as the SQ7, and has a mammoth 900Nm (664 lb-ft).


Put aside your thoughts about diesel engines, this is one crazy engine.

The twin turbo V8 makes 320kW (429hp), and 900Nm (664 lb-ft) between 1,250 and 3,250rpm. 0-100km/h is done in 4.8s, and the top speed is limited to 250km/h (155mph).

The sequential turbos sit in the V, with the second turbo only kicking in a 2,200rpm, and the electric compressor helping to kill turbo lag at launch.

There’s also an 8-speed auto, AWD with 40:60 split, and a 48V mild hybrid with belt alternator starter to help with energy recuperation.



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2020 Audi SQ8 TDI: 4L twin turbo V8 diesel has electric compressor