Audi SQ8 e-tron EV Lands In Malaysia, Starts At RM520,000

Another cool-looking EV hits the markets.

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The new Audi SQ8 e-tron electric vehicle (EV) has made its debut in Malaysia

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Six months after introducing the Audi Q8 e-tron and the Audi e-tron GT electric vehicles (EVs), the SQ8 e-tron is expanding the German marque's EV lineup in the country with a pair of models that provide increased power, torque, and even extended range.

The SQ8 e-tron comes with three electric motors

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The Audi SQ8 e-tron distinguishes itself by having a third electric motor at the rear, elevating its total power output to an impressive 503PS (370kW) and a substantial 973Nm of torque in boost mode.

These figures are noteworthy, especially when compared to the Audi RS e-tron GT, which reaches up to 830Nm of torque in boost mode. Equipped with a two-stage ratio planetary gearbox featuring a single gear, the SQ8 e-tron accelerates from 0 to 100km/h in just 5.1 seconds (4.5 seconds in boost mode). Even though its top speed is capped at 210km/h, it's still 10km/h faster than that of the Audi Q8 e-tron.

It can go hard for longer too

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In terms of range, both Audi SQ8 e-tron variants are equipped with a larger 114kW battery pack (106kW net capacity), offering a range of up to 471km for the Sportback and 458km for the SQ8 e-tron as measured on the WLTP cycle. The Sportback's more aerodynamic shape and the addition of underbody wheel spoilers result in its slightly higher range.

For charging, the Audi SQ8 e-tron offers up to 22kW of AC charging as a standard feature, allowing a full charge in less than five hours. In addition, DC charging is of up to 170kW is available, enabling the SQ8 to go from 10-80% charge in just 31 minutes when connected to a compatible charging station.

Beyond its neat looks, the car also features many bells and whistles

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The two EVs also feature Audi's signature single-framed grille, as well as the iconic digital Matrix LED headlamps. The ride is also adjusted with a revised air suspension equipped with height adjustment.

In addition, the steering ratio is tweaked for a quicker response. For audiophiles, the car also boasts a 16-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system.

Here's the cost for each of the EVs:

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The 2024 Audi SQ8 e-tron is priced at RM519,990, while the SQ8 Sportback e-tron carries a price tag of RM529,990. Both of these cars are now in stock at your local Audi dealer.

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