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Petrol V8 in, diesel out for Audi's SQ7 and SQ8 large SUV pair

The SQ7 and SQ8 are now powered by a 373kW/770Nm 4.0-litre twin-turbo petrol V8.

Audi Australia has resurrected its SQ7 and SQ8 models, but replaced the outgoing version's diesel-only powerplant with a potent 4.0-litre twin-turbo petrol V8 engine.

Punching out 373kW of power and 770Nm of torque, the SQ7 and SQ8 TFSI models are up 53kW but down 130Nm from the 320kW/900Nm predecessors.

With drive sent to all four wheels, both large SUVs will accelerate from zero to 100km/h in 4.1 seconds.

Fuel economy meanwhile, does take a hit, with the SQ8 sipping 12.2 litres per 100km, despite the inclusion of cylinder deactivation technology. The new SQ7’s economy is yet to be revealed.

For reference, the diesel-powered SQ7 and SQ8 claimed 7.6 and 7.8 litres of diesel respectively.

Standard equipment includes air suspension, S body kit, 22-inch wheels, red brake callipers, Matrix LED headlights, a panoramic sunroof, rear privacy glass, power-closing doors, and heated and folding side mirrors.

The SQ7 also scores roof rails.

Inside, both models are fitted with a 12.3-inch Virtual Cockpit digital instrument cluster, Valcona leather, sports front seats with heating and electronic adjustment, interior ambient lighting and illuminated door sills.

Like before, the multimedia system is displayed on a 10.1-inch screen, supplemented by an 8.6-inch screen for climate controls and ancillary functions – both featuring haptic feedback.

Functions include satellite navigation, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, with outputs coming from a 17-speaker Bang & Olusfen sound system.

In terms of safety, standard safety systems include all-wheel steering, adaptive cruise control, surround-view camera, autonomous emergency braking, front and rear parking sensors, cross-traffic alert, and lane-keep assist.

Options include a Dynamic Package that adds a quattro sport differential and electromechanical active roll stablisation.

The SQ7 and SQ8 will hit Australian showrooms in May, priced at $164,400 before on-road costs and $169,600 respectively – making the new cars $2023 and $3223 pricier than before.