New biturbo V8 Audi SQ7 TDI hyper SUV kicks out 320kW and 900Nm
Audi has entered the large sports SUV arena with the new Audi SQ7 TDI. Powered by an all-new 4.0 litre diesel V8 with two turbochargers regulated by an electronic compressor, the motor develops 320kW and 900Nm from 1,000 and 3,250rpm.
The use of the electronic compressor means that traditional turbo lag is eliminated and thus resulting in sharper performance. The Audi SQT TDI can complete the 0-100 dash is completed in 4.8 seconds, all the way to an electronically limited 4.8 seconds. Average fuel consumption is an impressive 7.4 litres per 100 kilometres.
The engine is matched to a reworked eight-speed automatic and air suspension with optional dynamic settings help to fine-tune road manners. Carbon ceramic brakes will be available after the car’s launch and Audi’s famous quattro permanent all-wheel drive system is standard, along with four-wheel steering, where the rear wheels can steer by as much as five degrees to take the sting out of parking.
There’s also body roll stabilisation and an optional sports different is available for sportier drivers. Weight is kept to a minimum with a mix of different construction materials, including the extensive use of aluminium.
Cosmetically, the Audi SQ7 TDI has special bumpers, wheels, radiator grille, side air inlets, mirror housings and four rectangular exhaust outlets. LED head and taillights are standard, with the option of Audi’s matrix lighting technology.
Inside, there’s the option of five or seven seats, with the first five being sporty affairs, and there’s LED lighting and S Line design touches throughout, and Audi’s 12.3 inch “virtual cockpit” – essentially a digital instrument cluster that incorporates satellite navigation – is available at an extra cost. There’s also an enormous 23 speaker Bang & Olufsen stereo and various in car entertainment options to keep passengers contented.
Full specification and pricing details for Australian delivered SQ7 TDI models will be confirmed closer to the car’s launch in late 2016.