The first units of the world's most powerful diesel SUV, and the only V8 diesel in its segment, the Audi SQ7 TDI will be available to order from Audi Centre, South Dublin in Mid-May.
Thanks in part to a 48V electric powered Audi turbo compressor, the SQ7 TDI has 435hp and 900Nm of torque at its disposal. This gives it the power to accelerate from 0 to 100km/h in just 4.8 seconds, making it the strongest in its segment. Using on average 7.2 litres of fuel per 100 kilometres, this equates to 190 grams of CO2 per km, resulting in road tax of €750 per year.
The 4.0TDI engine has been redeveloped from from the ground up and combines best-in-class performance with low consumption. An electric powered compressor (EPC) supports the work of the two turbochargers in the new Audi SQ7 TDI especially at lower revs, assuring agile starting performance. Featured for the first time in a production vehicle, the result is dynamism without any hint of turbo lag.
The power for the EPC comes from a 48-volt electrical subsystem and the SQ7 TDI is the first automobile from Audi to feature this higher-power electrical system. Working in conjunction with the EPC, this technical solution also paves the way for the high-performance system of electromechanical active roll stabilisation. To meet both 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 which has a peak output of up to 13 kilowatts and 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 under-steer is more controlled. This innovation also enables higher lateral acceleration and thus faster cornering.
The Audi SQ7 TDI comes with a starting price of €119,900 in Ireland and 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.
Additional personalisation, and extra comfort, comes in the form of 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.