While seemingly not as tank-like when compared to the first generation monster of a 6.0-liter V12 TDI, the new powertrain in the SQ7 is more capable in practically every direction.
And Audi knows that because if we do the math we found out that its British unit is asking close to 80 pounds for each Nm produced (a total of 900 is available). Equipped with a downsized but new 4.0-liter V8 TDI, the SQ7 has superior capabilities when compared to the predecessor – the high-performance SUV sprints to 62 mph (100 km/h) in just 4.9 seconds as opposed to 5.5 seconds for the older one, even though it had a another set of four cylinders on top. Audi UK also says it’s more efficient – the SQ7 will return 39.2 mpg UK in the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC), with the older V12 delivering just 25 mpg. We can always be fair and say it’s not just the engine, as the engineers have made also the SQ7 672 pounds (305 kilograms) lighter.
If you’re a British fan you can have the hulking SQ7 if you’re willing to pay the fee of £70,970 OTR for the entry version – with first deliveries programmed by Audi UK for next month. Back in Germany the torquetastic model will go for €89,900. Thanks to its new electric powered compressor, the V8 monster is capable of 435 horsepower (320 kilowatts) and 663.8 pound-feet (900 Newton-meters) of torque – and the latter eschews any form of turbo lag because it’s available from 1,000 rpm. If you’re willing to spend extra, Audi can hook you up to carbon ceramic brakes, 22-inch diamond-cut wheels, matrix LED headlights, and all-wheel steering.