The new Audi Q7 will soon be on our roads, with a hot SQ7 touted for a 2016 launch and could very well feature a powerful V8 diesel coupled with electric turbos.
According to Audi’s head of technical development, Dr Ulrich Hackenberg, the SQ7 is coming next year with a powertrain that utilises ‘e-boost’ electric turbochargers that were first seen on 2014’s RS5 TDI-e concept.
Such technology is designed to eliminate turbo lag for the sharpest throttle response - even in a diesel - and works via an electric motor spinning up the turbo before the hot gases arrive and take over the job of compressing the air into the cylinders.
Working in tandem with the clever turbos could be Audi’s 4.2-litre TDI V8 that’s already seen action in the Porsche Cayenne Diesel S, but the German firm might instead introduce a smaller unit that would also be shared across the VW Group, including the new Bentley Bentayga.
A power output exceeding 400bhp would be expected, with the RS5 TDI-e concept offering 380bhp from its 3.0-litre six-cylinder engine along with 750Nm of torque, another figure that could very well be improved upon. Such power may result in a rather brisk 0-62mph time in the region of just 5.5sec.In other areas of the Q7’s range, Dr Hackenberg let out that there were other variants of the large SUV under consideration, which could include a more rugged off-road focused version if the demand surfaces.