The new Audi SQ7 TDI is the world’s most powerful diesel SUV and only V8 diesel in its segment. Even better still, is the fact that will be available to order for Irish customers from the middle of this month. With 435 hp of power and 900 Nm of torque at its disposal, thanks in part to a 48V electric powered Audi turbo compressor, it accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in a mere 4.8 seconds making the Audi SQ7 the strongest in its segment. Using on average 7.2 litres of fuel per 100 kilometres, this equates to 190 grams of CO2 per kilometre, resulting in road tax of €750 per year. The 4.0 TDI of the new Audi SQ7 TDI has been redeveloped from the ground up. It combines best-in-class performance with low consumption. An electric powered compressor (EPC) makes its first ever appearance in a production vehicle. This device supports the work of the two turbochargers in the new Audi SQ7 TDI especially at lower revs, assuring agile starting performance. The result is dynamism without any hint of turbo lag.
The power for the EPC – which peaks at 7 kW – is provided by a 48-volt electrical subsystem. The SQ7 TDI is the first automobile from Audi to feature this higher-power electrical system. In conjunction with the EPC, this technical solution also paves the way for the high-performance system of electromechanical active roll stabilisation. To meet its high power requirements and short-term energy requirements, there is a separate 48-volt lithium-ion battery in the electrical subsystem beneath the luggage compartment. It has a peak output of up to 13 kilowatts. A DC/DC converter connects the 48-volt and 12-volt electrical subsystems. The electromechanical active roll stabilisation is a new innovative technological solution in this market, making controlled, sporty handling possible. The car rolls less on bends, lateral inclination is markedly reduced and the tendency to understeer is more controlled. This enables higher lateral acceleration and thus faster cornering.
The starting price for the new Audi SQ7 TDI in Ireland is €119,900. This includes popular equipment options from the Audi Q7 as standard, like LED headlights, Audi connect, Audi MMI navigation plus, virtual cockpit, and a larger 85-litre fuel tank and 24-litre Adblue tank for increased efficiency. For extra comfort and additional personalisation, electrically adjustable, heated Valcona leather sport seats with S Logo embossing, 20-inch wheels and flat-bottomed sports steering wheel also feature as standard. As an option, Audi can equip the new SQ7 TDI with the advanced dynamic driving package, which comprises three technology modules: quattro with sport differential (a first for an Audi Q model), all-wheel steering and the new electromechanical active roll stabilisation.
The new Audi SQ7 TDI is available to order in Ireland from mid-May and pricing starts at €119,900.