Audi Q7 gets the S-treatment
It might be big, even imposing, but you can bet your bottom dollar that the new Audi SQ7 TDI will feel more sports car than full-sized luxury SUV on the move.
The reason is an advanced V8 turbodiesel engine, credited with a maximum output of 320 kW, combined with an eyeball-flattening 900 Nm of torque. And as if that wasn’t enough, the engine is fitted with an electrically powered supercharger, in addition to no less than two turbochargers, to ensure instant response and zero lag.
As a result, the big Audi storms to 100 km/h from rest in under 5 sec, and easily reaches a top speed of 250 km/h. Perhaps equally impressive, given the size and dynamics on offer, is the claimed combined-cycle fuel consumption of just 7,2 litres/100 km.
Power apart, there are other reasons for the SQ7 TDI’s strong dynamic appeal. For starters, it features active roll bars, which allows the kind of nimble, flat cornering usually associated with smaller, lighter passenger cars. Quattro all-wheel drive benefits traction and composure, even on compromised road surfaces, while air suspension is standard.
Some of the SQ7 TDI’s driver assistance systems smack of autonomous driving. These include traffic jam assist, which can take over steering at speeds of 65 km/h. Lane assistance, ABS braking and traffic monitoring are among the SQ7 TDI’s sophisticated systems.
The interior mirrors that of the ‘normal’ Q7, including Audi’s virtual cockpit instrumentation, a generous touchscreen for interaction with the comprehensive infotainment system. The capacious cabin offers seating for up to seven, depending on the model.
Sales in Europe start this month, but if the vehicle gets the green light for the South African market, it’s unlikely to make it to local showrooms before the third quarter of this year.