Audi has released its first S model in the Q7 lineup – the SQ7 TDI.
Utilising a V8 diesel engine, the SQ7 produces 429bhp and an amazing 900Nm of torque. Despite seating seven people, the SQ7 can reach 62mph in an incredible 4.8 seconds, and carry on to an electronically-limited 155mph top speed.
Taking the title of the most powerful diesel SUV on sale today, it also marks a debut of Audi’s valvelift technology.
The SQ7’s engine features three turbochargers. The first two work in a traditional manner, using exhaust gas to add power. The third is an electrically powered compressor, which manages the gaps left between the other two turbochargers – meaning better throttle response and better off-the-line performance.
The interior of the SQ7 retains Audi’s excellent attitude towards quality. With all seven seats trimmed in leather, it’s a comfortable and relaxing place to sit. Alongside this, there is a powered tailgate fitted as standard, as well as luggage compartment LED lights and a 12.3-inch display to relay information back to driver and passenger.
Available in 12 colours, the SQ7 also features an underbody guard that houses four matt grey rectangular tailpipes.
Dr. Stefan Knirsch, member of the board of management for AUDI AG, said: “Following the launch of the successful SQ5, we are now also applying the concept of a diesel-engined S model to the Q7 model line. So equipped, the SQ7 TDI with a V8 TDI engine achieves the consumption figures of a six-cylinder.”
After completing his university studies in English and Creative Writing in Cardiff, Jack is now a full time motoring writer at Blackball Media. His love of cars stems from his childhood years when he began to live and breathe all-things automotive.
March 3, 2016