If you think electric vehicles are boring and slow, think again. The 2023 Audi SQ8 e-tron is here to prove you wrong. It's a high-performance SUV that combines a stunning design, a luxurious interior, and a beastly drivetrain that can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.2 seconds.
The 2023 Audi SQ8 e-tron is the latest addition to Audi's growing lineup of electric vehicles, which includes the e-tron GT sedan, the Q4 e-tron compact SUV, and the e-tron Sportback coupe. The SQ8 e-tron is based on the Q8, Audi's flagship SUV, but with a sportier twist.
A distinctive look
The Audi SQ8 e-tron has a distinctive look that sets it apart from other electric SUVs on the market. It has a large hexagonal grille with vertical slats, LED headlights with matrix technology that can create different light patterns and animations, and a sloping roofline that gives it a coupe-like silhouette. The rear features a full-width light strip, a spoiler, and four exhaust tips that hint at its performance potential.
The 2023 Audi SQ8 e-tron also has some unique elements that distinguish it from the regular Audi Q8 e-tron models. It has larger air intakes, black accents on the grille and mirrors, 21-inch wheels (with optional 22-inch wheels), and red brake calipers. The SQ8 e-tron is available in two body styles: squareback and fastback (called the Sportback). The Sportback has a more dynamic look with a lower roofline and a sharper rear window angle.
A spacious cabin
The interior of the SQ8 e-tron is equally impressive. It has a spacious cabin that can accommodate five passengers comfortably, with plenty of headroom and legroom. The seats are upholstered in leather and Alcantara, with S logos and contrast stitching. The front seats are heated, ventilated, and adjustable in 18 ways, with massage function and memory settings. The rear seats are split-folding and can slide forward or backward for more cargo space.
Two touchscreens dominate the dashboard: a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a 10.1-inch infotainment system. Both screens have haptic feedback and voice control and can display various functions such as navigation, media, climate, and vehicle settings. The infotainment system also supports wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity and Wi-Fi hotspot capability.
The 2023 Audi SQ8 e-tron also has a number of advanced features that make driving easier and safer. It has a head-up display that projects key information onto the windshield, such as speed, navigation directions, and driver assistance alerts. It also has a 360-degree camera system that provides a bird's-eye view of the surroundings, making parking and maneuvering easier. The SQ8 e-tron also comes with Audi's pre-sense system, which can detect potential collisions and apply emergency braking if needed. Other driver assistance features include adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go function, lane-keeping assist with active steering intervention, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, traffic sign recognition, park assist with automatic steering input and night vision assist with thermal imaging.
A powerful powertrain
But the most impressive feature of the 2023 Audi SQ8 e-tron is its powertrain. The Audi SQ8 e-tron has three electric motors: one on the front axle and two on the rear axle (the Audi Q8 e-tron has only 2 electric motors). Together, they produce 503 horsepower and 718 pound-feet of torque (973 Nm), making it one of the most powerful electric SUVs on the market. The SQ8 e-tron also has an adaptive air suspension that can adjust the ride height and damping according to the driving mode and road conditions. The SQ8 e-tron also has a quattro all-wheel drive system that can distribute torque between the wheels for optimal traction and stability.
The SQ8 e-tron has a large battery pack that can store 106 kWh of energy (114 kWh gross), giving it an estimated range of 267 miles (416 - 458 km) on a single charge according to WLTP standards. The battery can be recharged using various methods: at home using a standard outlet or a wallbox charger, at public charging stations using AC or DC power, or at fast-charging stations using up to 150 kW of power. The SQ8 e-tron can also recuperate energy during braking and coasting, extending its range further.
The 2023 Audi SQ8 e-tron is expected to hit the market in June 2023, with a starting price of around $125000. The SQ8 e-tron will compete with other electric SUVs such as the Tesla Model X (which starts at $89990), the Mercedes-Benz EQC (which starts at $67900), and the Jaguar I-Pace (which starts at $69900).
The 2023 Audi SQ8 e-tron is a beast of an electric SUV that can outperform Tesla in terms of performance, design, and technology. It's a great option for drivers who want to enjoy the benefits of electric mobility without compromising on luxury and sportiness.