Autocar have just had a first drive of the upcoming top of the range Q7 with its V12 6.0L TDI engine. They commented on the spectacular performance for a vehicle that weighs almost 2.7 tonnes and concluded that it raises the bar for diesel power.
We can’t wait to drive one when they arrive down-under sometime in 2009.
Whilst there are no signature go fast Audi ‘R’ badges to be seen and it is powered by a diesel engine don’t be misled that this is your average family school ‘runabout’. It was developed by Audi’s performance arm, Quattro GmbH, which are credited for recent hits such as the RS4, RS6 and R8. As previously posted on PressPortal the 6.0 V12 produces a staggering 368kW and 1000Nm.
To put that in perspective in the SUV power world, the Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG produces 375kW but only 630Nm from its 6.2L V8, the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S produces 404kW but only 750Nm from its 4.8L V8, and the Turbo Diesel powered Volkswagen Touareg R50 produces 258kW and 850Nm.
For all you supercar fans a Murcielago generates 650Nm, however the Q7 does have to bow its head to the still mighty Veyron which generates 1250Nm.
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