The 2017 Audi SQ7 could sport 430 hp from its 4.0-liter V8 diesel engine.
Recently spotted testing (and crashing) at the Nurburgring, the 2017 Audi SQ7 will feature the Volkswagen Group’s new 4.0-liter diesel engine, which replaces the outgoing 4.2-liter TDI mill that produces 385 hp and 627 lb-ft of torque in various models, including the Porsche Cayenne S diesel. A leaked image surfaced on the Internet stating that the SQ7 has a 4.0-liter TDI V8 equipped with quattro all-wheel drive and a tiptronic transmission producing 320 kW or about 430 hp. Although torque figures weren’t released, expect it to be in the 630 lb-ft range so that it bests the current 4.2-liter engine.
Expect the new 4.0-liter TDI to have a pair of turbos mated to it and with 430 hp, it’ll be one of the most powerful V8 diesel engines in production. The new engine is also a far cry from the monster V12 Audi pushed in the old Q7 in some European markets, packing 490 hp and a ridiculous 737 lb-ft of torque. But that model was much heavier than what’s being developed currently and don’t be surprised if the new SQ7 can run laps around that 490-hp giant.
Either way, we’ll learn more about the 2017 Audi SQ7 next month when it debuts at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show.