Audi Q7 V12 TDI, the most powerful diesel SUV ever made is now going into production. This year the first shipments will reach thousands of drooling customers.

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.

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