If you're looking for an electric SUV that combines power, luxury, and style with a thrilling driving experience, look no further than the 2023 Audi SQ8 e-tron. This is the sportiest and most dynamic version of the Audi Q8 e-tron, which has been recently updated with a larger battery and faster charging. The SQ8 e-tron takes everything great about the Audi Q8 e-tron and adds a dose of adrenaline and excitement.
The 2023 Audi SQ8 e-tron is powered by three electric motors, one on the front axle and two on the rear axle, that deliver a whopping 469 horsepower and 664 lb-ft of torque. That's enough to propel this 2.6-ton SUV from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.2 seconds and up to a top speed of 130 mph. The acceleration is instant and effortless, thanks to the smooth and seamless delivery of electric power.
But the SQ8 e-tron is not just about straight-line speed. It's also a master of corners, thanks to its advanced chassis technology that includes adaptive air suspension, rear-wheel steering, and torque vectoring. The latter feature allows the car to distribute torque between the rear wheels individually, creating a yaw moment that helps the car turn more sharply and precisely. The result is a level of agility and stability that defies the car's size and weight.
The 2023 Audi SQ8 e-tron also offers a range of driving modes that let you tailor the car's behavior to your mood and preferences. You can choose from Comfort, Auto, Dynamic, Efficiency, Individual, or Offroad modes, which adjust various parameters such as steering, suspension, throttle response, traction control, and regenerative braking. The latter feature allows you to recover energy when slowing down or coasting by using electric motors as generators. You can also manually control the regeneration level by using the paddle shifters behind the steering wheel.
The SQ8 e-tron has a 114-kWh battery pack that gives it a range of up to 280 miles on a single charge, according to the WLTP cycle. That's a significant improvement over the previous model, which had a 95-kWh battery and a range of 223 miles. The new model also supports faster charging, with a peak rate of 170 kW that can replenish the battery from 10 to 80 percent in just 31 minutes at a compatible DC fast charger.