ABT takes Audi Q8 50 TDI to 330bhp and adds new bodykit

Ahead of the reveal of the SQ8, the tuner has shown its take on Ingolstadt’s latest SUV

The performance-oriented SQ8 is yet to be unveiled, so to satisfy demand, ABT has taken it upon itself to fill the gap for impatient SUV buyers. Alongside a slight bump in power, the Audi tuner has given the model a new bodykit, as well as tweaks inside and out.

Based on the £65,000 diesel Audi Q8 50, ABT has applied an ECU tune to the model, taking power from 282bhp and 442lb ft of torque, to 325bhp and 479lb ft – an extra 43bhp and 37lb ft over standard.

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Also fitted to the ABT-fettled model is a new control unit for the suspension, allowing for electronic lowering of the standard air suspension. The brand’s ‘aero package’ also adds a new, more aggressive front skirt, rear diffuser, rear spoiler (yes, on a Q8), and the removal of chrome badging around the car for black components. ABT wheels of 22 and 23 inches are available in either matte black, a diamond-cut finish or gloss black with a polished rim flange.

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Modifications don’t stop there, with the interior receiving plenty of carbonfibre additions, a new gear selector cover, seat covers, a new metal start-stop button and a puddle projection light displaying ABT branding.

Performance numbers with the moderate boost in power in mind haven’t been quoted, but expect to see a slight improvement on the standard 6.3sec to 62mph and 144mph top speed figures. Although it’s certainly no Urus in 50 TDI form, when we got behind the wheel last year we were impressed by its comfort and refinement and agility considering its size.

If you’d like to stand out and just can’t wait for the reveal of the SQ8, perhaps the ABT Audi Q8 50 is the car for you. Pricing hasn’t been provided.

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