Audi UK is now taking orders for the SQ7, which is gonna cost £70,970 on-the-road (Rs 63 lakhs) for the base version. Deliveries to begin next month. On its home turf in Germany, the diesel beast will set you back €89,900 (Rs 66.5 lakhs). Carbon ceramic brakes, 22-inch diamond-cut wheels, matrix LED headlights and all-wheel steering are optional extras which makes it an even more compelling offer for those in the market to get the world’s most powerful diesel SUV on sale.
Here in India though, the SQ7 is expected to cost more or less Rs 1.5 Crore ex-showroom, considering the regular Q7 costs almost a Crore Rupee on-the-road for the top of the line Technology Pack variant. Audi India had imported 1 unit of SQ7 a couple of months ago for homologation purpose, and is expected to go on sale sometime in September – October. While the regular Q7 is powered by a 3.0-litre 4-cylinder turbocharged V6 diesel engine, the SQ7 packs a 4.0-litre V8 biturbo with electric powered compressor. Read on.
The SQ7 is the most powerful Q7 variant packing a 4.0L TDI diesel engine (3,956 cc), producing 435 hp and a massive 900 Nm (664 lb-ft) of torque. The car features three turbochargers, one of them is an electric supercharger which is the first time ever in a production car. Audi claims that this setup is to eliminate the turbo lag.
Audi claims the SQ7 can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.8 seconds, and the top speed is limited to 250 km/h (155 mph). In the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC), it consumes 7.2 liters per 100 km (32.7 US mpg). This corresponds to CO2 emissions of 189 grams per km (304.2 g/mi).
The SQ7 features a sound actuator in the exhaust system which amplifies the 8-cylinder sound. The driver can vary the amount of sound by using the Audi drive select system.
Check out the SQ7 gallery here and find out the visual differences.