With a monstrous 435 horsepower (320 kilowatts) and 663.8 pound-feet (900 newton meters) of torque, the SQ7 TDI is the most powerful diesel-powered new SUV money can buy. However, it’s not actually the strongest iteration of the Q7 ever since the first-gen was available for several years with a huge 6.0-liter V12 that churned a whopping 500 hp (368 kW) and 737 lb-ft (1,000 Nm).
Even though it’s down on power, the new SQ7 TDI is substantially quicker in the 0-62 mph (0-100 kph) sprint which takes 4.8 seconds (compared to 5.5s). Just like the old V12 model, the high-performance SUV diesel from Ingolstadt is electronically-capped at 155 mph (250 kph). In terms of fuel consumption, the SQ7 returns 32.7 mpg (7.2 liters / 100 km) whereas the V12 monster was a lot thirstier as it did just 20.8 mpg (11.3 liters / 100 km).
Audi hasn’t specified how much the car weighs, but it’s definitely a tad heavier than the five-seat 3.0 TDI quattro which tips the scales at 4,563 lbs (2,070 kg). For the sake of comparison, the V12-powered, first-gen Q7 was an absolute whale, weighing no less than 5,809 lbs (2,635 kg).
The SQ7 TDI costs a hefty €89,900 at home in Germany and comes as standard with goodies that on the regular Q7 are offered as optional equipment for an extra €10,000. These include LED headlights, larger 85-liter (22.5 gallon) fuel tank, adaptive air suspension (with S-specific settings), 20-inch rims, and a three-spoke sport steering wheel. In addition, the base SQ7 benefits from electrically adjustable heated sport seats covered in Alcantara and leather.
At an additional cost, buyers will be able to add the dynamic driving package bringing extra hardware upgrades. These include all-wheel steering, quattro with sport differential, as well as a newly developed electromechanical active roll stabilization.
Audi says early adopters in Europe are going to take delivery of their prized possessions this summer.
Gallery: Audi SQ7 TDI revealed as world’s most powerful diesel SUV available
New Audi SQ7 TDI on sale from mid-May
- First S model in Q7 car line and world’s most powerful diesel SUV
- World first on board: electric powered compressor
- Other innovative technologies: electromechanical active roll stabilization and 48-volt electrical subsystem
The first units of the new Audi SQ7 TDI*, the world’s most powerful diesel SUV, will appear on the market from summer 2016. With 320 kW (435 hp) of power and 900 Nm (663.8 lb-ft) of torque at its disposal, it accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in a mere 4.8 seconds, using on average 7.2 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (32.7 US mpg); this equates to 189 grams of CO2 per kilometer (304.2 g/mi). Customers in Europe can order the Audi SQ7 TDI from mid-May.