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2024 Audi SQ8 E-Tron packs 3 motors, $90,895 price tag

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Audi has unveiled the 2024 SQ8 E-Tron, a mid-cycle update to its E-Tron electric mid-size SUV. The update also brings a new name, the Q8 E-Tron, to better align with Audi’s lineup. The SQ8 E-Tron now comes equipped with a three-motor powertrain, featuring one front motor and two rear motors, allowing for precise torque distribution, especially during aggressive cornering.

The performance of the SQ8 E-Tron has been enhanced significantly with its peak output reaching 496 hp, an increase of 94 hp compared to the standard model. The vehicle can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.2 seconds when using boost mode, and its top speed is limited to 130 mph. Notably, the battery capacity has been increased by 23% to 114 kWh, resulting in a 20% improvement in the EPA-estimated range, now rated at 253 miles with 20-inch wheels and 218 miles with 22-inch wheels. Charging capabilities have also improved, allowing for up to 170 kW charging, enabling the battery to be charged from 10% to 80% in approximately 30 minutes. Buyers will also receive two years of free DC fast-charging through the Electrify America network.

In addition to the powertrain upgrades, the SQ8 E-Tron benefits from performance tuning of its suspension and steering systems. The vehicle now comes with upgraded brakes, featuring six-piston fixed calipers and 15.7-inch rotors in the front and sliding single-piston calipers and 13.8-inch rotors at the rear.

Visually, the SQ8 E-Tron is slightly wider than the standard Q8 E-Tron, allowing for wider wheels and tires, while clever design features like flow-optimized wheel arch extensions and strategically closed front brake duct flaps help maintain low drag for better aerodynamics.

Inside, the SQ8 E-Tron offers sporty elements such as bolstered leather-trimmed seats with 12-way power adjustment and various “S” logos throughout the cabin. It also comes equipped with Audi’s top-level infotainment system and a Bang & Olufsen sound system. Optionally, buyers can choose to have a head-up display installed.

It’s worth mentioning that Audi is also working on an update for the gas-powered Q8, but there are rumors suggesting it may no longer be available in the U.S. after the update. The SQ8 E-Tron is now available for purchase in showrooms, with a starting price of $90,895 for the standard body style and $93,695 for the coupe-like Sportback body style, both prices include a $1,095 destination charge.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about E-Tron

What updates does the 2024 Audi SQ8 E-Tron bring?

The 2024 Audi SQ8 E-Tron comes with a mid-cycle update, introducing a three-motor powertrain for enhanced performance and precise torque distribution during cornering. It also features an increased battery capacity, resulting in improved range and faster charging capabilities.

What is the starting price of the 2024 Audi SQ8 E-Tron?

The starting price of the 2024 Audi SQ8 E-Tron is $90,895 for the regular body style and $93,695 for the coupe-like Sportback body style, both prices including a $1,095 destination charge.

What is the output and acceleration of the SQ8 E-Tron?

The SQ8 E-Tron boasts a peak output of 496 hp, which is 94 hp higher than the standard model. It can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds when using boost mode, and its top speed is limited to 130 mph.

How has the range and charging improved compared to the previous model?

The battery capacity of the SQ8 E-Tron has grown by 23% to 114 kWh, resulting in an EPA-estimated range of 253 miles with 20-inch wheels and 218 miles with 22-inch wheels. Charging at up to 170 kW is now possible, allowing the battery to be charged from 10% to 80% in about 30 minutes.

What other performance enhancements does the SQ8 E-Tron offer?

In addition to the powertrain upgrades, the SQ8 E-Tron benefits from performance tuning of its suspension and steering systems. It also comes with upgraded brakes featuring six-piston fixed calipers and 15.7-inch rotors in the front, and sliding single-piston calipers and 13.8-inch rotors at the rear.

What are some interior features of the SQ8 E-Tron?

Inside, the SQ8 E-Tron offers sporty touches like bolstered leather-trimmed seats with 12-way power adjustment. Buyers will also find “S” logos throughout the cabin, Audi’s top-level infotainment system, a Bang & Olufsen sound system, and the option for a head-up display.

Is the gas-powered Q8 model still available in the U.S.?

There are rumors suggesting that the gas-powered Q8 model may no longer be offered in the U.S. following the update. However, the SQ8 E-Tron is available for purchase in showrooms.

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