What is it?
The US may be a bit of a shambles at present, but at least when it comes to cars - and specifically the type of fuel that goes into them - Americans are united in their preferences. Petrol, unleaded, gasoline: so long as it isn’t diesel, they’ll generally be pretty happy.
Audi claims that this is why it has ditched the mighty oil-burning V8 of its SQ7 in favour of the twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre petrol V8 that appears in everything from Audi’s own RS models to the Bentley Continental GT and more in between.
Supposedly the Americans just prefer it that way - although it does seem to contradict Audi’s recent efforts to shift all its S-badged executive models to diesel power. Perhaps that move will be reversed in time too - not that Audi admitted to anything when we asked the question.
Despite coming in a slightly detuned form to what you would find in the Audi RSQ8 or Porsche Cayenne Turbo, the SQ7’s V8 isn’t short on power. It develops a heady 500bhp at and 568lb ft between 2000-4100rpm, all of which is deployed to all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic gearbox.
There’s all-wheel steering fitted as standard, while 48V active roll control and an Audi Sport rear differential are available optionally. Oh, and there are still enough seats for seven people.