In the spring of 2020, the United States will start selling Audi SQ7 and SQ8 with a 507-horsepower gasoline four-liter V8 engine paired with an eight-band automatic transmission and permanent all-wheel drive. In the European market, “charged” crossovers are sold with a turbodiesel and starter generator, and in Russia, models are certified with a simplified version of this power plant.
In terms of dynamics, the diesel modifications of the SQ7 and SQ8 are inferior to gasoline versions. In comparison, North American crossovers accelerate from standstill to 60 miles per hour (97 kilometers per hour) in 4.3 seconds. European SQ7 and SQ8 require acceleration to “hundreds” of 4.8 seconds. The maximum speed in both cases is electronically limited at around 250 kilometers per hour.
The vehicle type approval for the Audi SQ7 and SQ8 for Russia was issued at the end of 2019, and the document entered into force on December 23. The Russians will be offered “sports” versions of crossovers with a four-liter V8 turbocharged diesel engine with a capacity of 421 horsepower without an electrical superstructure. Prices will be announced closer to the start of sales planned for the current year.
It was previously reported that Audi had problems launching the Q7 assembly in Russia. The company released a test batch of crossovers from 250 copies at the facilities of Kaliningrad Avtotor, but could not agree with Volkswagen management to continue production in full mode.
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