Audi SQ7 TDI Is The World’s Most Powerful Diesel SUV, Goes On Sale In May

Billed as “the world’s most powerful diesel SUV”, the Audi SQ7 will go on sale in Europe from mid-May.

In its home market of Germany, prices start at €89,900 (equal to $101,910), with customer deliveries to commence this summer. Audi has yet to decide whether the SQ7 TDI is a fit for the United States, but with the ongoing ‘Dieselgate’ saga, we wouldn’t bet on it.

At its heart, it carries a new 4.0-liter TDI, benefiting from an electric powered compressor (EPC), making its first appearance in a production vehicle. It produces 435 PS (429 HP) and 900 Nm (664 pound-feet) of torque, channeled to an all-wheel drive system through an 8-speed automatic transmission, allowing the SUV to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.8 seconds and up to an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph).

It gets the usual ‘S’ kit on the outside with beefier bumpers on both ends, special door trim strips, 20-inch wheels, LED headlights and aluminum-colored trims.

Electrically adjustable heated sport seats, wrapped in Alcantara and leather, along with a 3-spoke multi-function steering wheel with paddle shifters can be found inside, while available at an extra cost is the advanced dynamic driving package, with three technology modules: quattro with sport differential, all-wheel steering and new electromechanical active roll stabilization.