Audi Q7 V12 TDI Revealed
Audi is going to milk its diesel car win at the 24 hours of Le Mans (as opposed to Lee Marvin) by throwing high performance diesel engines in every concept car from Switzerland to Michigan. We Yanks saw the Audi R8 V12 TDI back in early January at the NAIAIAIAIAS in Detroit. For Geneva, the "brand of four rings" is making the Q7 SUV even more loco (as in locomotive) by fitting it with a ludicrous V12 up front. The 5.9-liter unit (they'll probably call it 6.0-liter since Audi has displacement OCD) makes 500 horsepower and could crush coal into diamonds with 737 ft.-lbs. of torque from a mere 1500 rpm on up (not far, but you can't have everything). The result is a sprint from 0 – 60 in a Porsche Cayenne Turbo-like 5.5 seconds. The oil burning Q7's mileage is a relatively amazing 20 mpg (compared to the Cayenne Turbo's 14 mpg). Will it be a nose heavy pig like the VW V10 TDI Toureg? Audi's press pack claim the engine has all manner of expensive exotic weight-saving materials; it is after all the first passenger car to go on sale with a V12 diesel. As for sale in the U.S., two words: exchange rates. Or: no deal. Regardless, the Q7 V12 TDI is so insane you can't help but like it. Just as long as you don't look at it.
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