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Audi SQ7 4.0 TDI V8 on sale in Australia from $153,616

December 12, 2016

Audi Australia has announced local details for its new diesel powerhouse, the Audi SQ7 large SUV. It follows in the footsteps of the SQ5 performance diesel mid-sizer.

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Based on the new Audi Q7, the SQ7 is Audi’s answer to SUVs such as the BMW X5 M50d performance diesel. It features an all-new 4.0-litre twin-turbo-diesel V8 engine producing an immense 320kW of power and an Earth-moving 900Nm of torque.

On the tarmac this translates to a 0-100km/h time of just 4.9 seconds, which certainly isn’t bad for a big SUV running on diesel. The high-tech engine uses advanced electronic turbocharging technology and offers a fuel consumption average of 7.2L/100km.

The unique turbo system consists of two conventional exhaust-driven units mounted within the V of the engine, while a third electronic turbo is fired up to boost the other turbos when exhaust pressure is low, in other words, minimising turbo-lag. The electric compressor can spin at up to 75,000rpm in under 0.25 seconds.

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Being the new top-line model in the Q7 lineup, the SQ7 comes generously equipped. There’s autonomous emergency braking at speeds up to 85km/h, adaptive cruise control with stop and go traffic assist, LED headlights and taillights, head-up display, Audi Connect and smartphone integration, and a Bose 3D sound system.

The SQ7 can be distinguished by its suite of sporty exterior highlights, including a bodykit with bolstered wheel arches, 20-inch alloy wheels, adaptive air suspension, silver side mirrors, along with a Valcona leather interior with S sport seats, and brushed aluminium trimmings.

Interested? The new model is on sale now with prices starting at $153,616 (excluding on-road costs).

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.