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Performance version of Audi's range-topping SUV to arrive in 2016, powered by twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8 with 414bhp

These are the first pictures of the new Audi SQ7, a performance version of the Ingolstadt firm’s range-topping SUV.

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Due to arrive in 2016, the SQ7 is expected to feature a twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre diesel V8 with around 414bhp and 664lb ft. Power will be sent to all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission.

That’s less power than the old 6.0-litre V12 diesel engine available in the previous-generation Q7, in which it produced 493bhp and 738lb ft. That model was capable of reaching a top speed of 155mph, with a 0-62mph sprint time of 5.5sec. The new SQ7 is expected to beat both those benchmarks.

The SQ7’s engine will be assisted by an electric turbocharger, which is designed to boost low-end response before the V8's twin turbochargers take over.

Audi’s electric turbocharger technology, first unveiled on the RS5 TDI-e concept earlier this year, requires the use of a new 48-volt electrical architecture, which will make its debut on the SQ7.

The new electrical architecture will then be used on the next A8 and A6, both due in 2017.

Visual differences between this early test mule and the regular Audi Q7 are slight, but new twin exhaust outlets can be seen at the rear, while bespoke dials - which include the SQ7 name - can be seen inside. The mule also appears to ride significantly lower than the regular Q7, suggesting tweaks to its suspension systems.

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The Q7 is accomplished, but doesn’t feel as at home on UK roads as more refined rivals like the Range Rover Sport and BMW X5

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kcrally 24 May 2015

Bloody Awful.

Bloody Awful.
Cobnapint 22 May 2015

Sounds like a bit of a beast

Looks like this is the engine that will replace the 4.2 V8 lump in the Cayenne S Diesel. Wowzer.