When Audi said it was unveiling the most powerful diesel SUV on the market, we got all excited. You see, we thought that it was unveiling a production version of the 6.0-litre V12-powered Q7 that we tried in September 2006.
Sadly, it’s not the V12 Q7, but the nonetheless impressive 4.2-litre V8-powered Q7. And with 322bhp and 561lb ft, it beats the 5.0-litre V10 TDi VW Touareg by 13bhp and 8lb ft.
Audi claims that the new 4.2 TDi has 'the drivability of a sports car'. While we can't deny that it's sports-car quick – with the ability to reach 62mph in 6.4sec and hit 146mph, we can't help but feel that whoever made this claim has never actually driven a sports car.
Like all Q7s, the 4.2 TDI is available as a five-, six- or seven-seater. Audi says a four-seater version is also on the way. Maybe they'll even do a two-seater for a true sports-car experience...
Either way, we've pulled a Jumbo Jet with the V10 Touareg, so we're expecting to be able to pull nothing less than an Airbus A380 with the new Q7.
If you've got a plane to move, the Q7 4.2 TDi is available to order from April, with first deliveries due in June.