The Audi SQ8 still hasn’t arrived in America, but this could be a good alternative.
The Audi A6, A7, and Q8 are Audi's most popular premium models on the market, each available with a potent 3.0-liter, turbocharged V6 that pumps out 340 horsepower as standard. That's enough power for most people, but this hasn't stopped aftermarket tuner ABT Sportsline from giving these three models equipped with Audi's TFSI engine a power boost with a simple modification.
An ABT power kit, which is based on the tuner's high-tech remapped ECU, increases output on all three models from 340 horsepower to 408 hp – that's a respectable 68-hp increase. Peak torque has also increased from 369 lb-ft to 406 lb-ft. While a diesel-powered SQ8 has launched in Europe, A V6 variant still hasn't been announced for America, so ABT's modified Q8 could be a good alternative.
As well as extracting more power, the tuner is also offering an ABT Level Control unit for the Q8's standard air suspension that brings the large luxury SUV lower to the ground, as well as an aerodynamic body kit for all three models to complement the performance upgrade. A comprehensive selection of interior upgrades is also available along with custom wheels to give each model a sportier look.
ABT hasn't said how these upgrades affect the performance of each model. In stock form, the A6 does the 0-62 mph sprint in 5.1 seconds, while the larger A7 needs 5.3 seconds to do the same sprint and the Q8 SUV takes less than five seconds. All three models top out at 155 mph. ABT hasn't revealed how much these upgrades will cost, but a stock A6 starts at $54,100, while the A7 and Q8 start at $68,000 and $67,400 respectively.
ABT doesn't just tune Audi's, however. Recently, the tuner turned the already-hardcore Golf GTI TCR into a 340-hp hot hatch. This reduced the 0-62 mph time from 5.6 seconds down to 5.4 secs and increased the top speed from under 162 mph to beyond 164 mph.