Audi’s mammoth Q7 V12 TDI is going on sale this year. Now officially confirmed, after lots of concepts and show cars, the humungous Q7 looks set to rewrite a few uber SUV rules. Pumped up muscular to the shoulders, Q7 V12 TDI is the most menacing diesel-powered SUV in the world.
Fitted with a stonker of a 6.0-litre diesel engine provided with two turbos, Q7 V12 TDI makes a sensational 1,000Nm of torque at between 1,750 to 3,250rpm. The 5.5 seconds it takes for it to reach 100km/h from standstill is testament to its abilities as a sports car slayer of highest note. Audi says the oil sipper is a close relative of their 5.5 V12 Le Mans R10 TDI which regularly offered 480kW during its history-making races. One of the main points of launching such a car is the fuel economy it returns, and Audi claims an average consumption of 11.9 litres per 100km.
Strange enough, just as it is in the RS 6 mad wagon, Audi has opted to go 6-speed Tiptronic on transmission, instead of using VW Group’s flagship changer DSG. We know the system can handle copious amounts of torque as seen 7 times going forward in the Bugatti Veyron. All this power is shared among all the 20-inch wheels using Audi’s Quattro 4WD system.
An entire list of in-house goodies that includes DVD navigation system, BOSE surround sound system with those pop-up tweeters under the windshield, Bluetooth and an electrically operated tailgate ensure oodles of power in absolute luxury as you tackle terrain like the Sahara in your Q7 V12 TDI.