June 8, 2016
Audi Q7 has always been company’s flagship car but unlike its rivals who have opted for luxury, versatility and performance, Audi has never released the performance model for Q7. Now that is going to change as Audi is planning to release the SQ7.
The SQ7 will be powered by a much powerful engine than a normal Q7. Instead of going with a normal gasoline engine Audi will power the SQ7 with a diesel engine packing quite a few tricks under it. The diesel engine had famously won Audi 24 Hours of Le Mans. The new diesel engine will be 4.0-liter V8 with twin turbochargers and a small electric motor making it a bit of a hybrid. Instead of 12 volts electric system Audi has upgraded the system to 48 volts that manage all the electrical systems of the car, including four-wheel steering system and electromechanical suspension.
The Audi SQ7 produces a staggering 435 horsepower and due diesel engine and couple of turbochargers it produces an insane amount of torque, i.e. 664 lb-ft. Audi just released its performance numbers that the SQ7 will reach 0-60 mph in mere 4.8 seconds which is on par with Range Rover Sport SVR, Porsche Cayenne Turbo and Mercedes AMG GLS63.
It is still to be confirmed if SQ7 will be sold in North America and if yes, when it will reach the market. The smaller SQ5 being sold in Europe also has a diesel engine but in America it was powered by the gasoline engine and given the recent diesel-gate of Volkswagen Group, it seems SQ7 will also have a gasoline too. But there are some reports that SQ7 might come in diesel trim in a very limited numbers.