The ABT AS7 based on the new Audi Q7 V12 TDI thrashes out 560hp and 1,200Nm of torque. Two and a half tonnes of metal hurling down the highway at 258km/h? Better believe it.

ABT Sportsline can always be counted on to bring out the beast in pretty much any Audi model. In announcing the factory Q7 V12 TDI Audi was really announcing the most powerful mass-production turbo diesel SUV in the world. It makes a useful 368kW (500hp) and an astounding 1,000Nm of torque between 1,750rpm and 3,250rpm. For ABT this was just the beginning as it went about creating this AS7 SUV.

Taking the same engine and tweaking it a little further, ABT came out with figures of 412kW (560hp) and 1,200Nm of torque. All the ponies are available from as low as 3,750rpm. Trucks are used to this kind of power and twisting force but passenger vehicles? Quite unusual.

To drive all four wheels - quattro is of course standard - is a 6-speed Tiptronic gearbox. The tuner says this powertrain fusion leaves a 5.3 second time on the stopwatch when it comes to the 0 - 100km/h dash and the 2.6 tonne SUV doesn't stop until the speedo reads 258km/h.

A collection of alloy wheels up to size 22-inch can be added as part of the accessories to be sold with the AS7.


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