According to a new report, sometime in 2016 there is going to be an Audi SQ7 based on the second generation of the full-size SUV. Audi’s Board Member for Technical Development, Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, recently gave an interview to British magazine Autocar in which he announced plans to offer the second generation Q7 in 2015 which will be followed a year later by a more powerful and faster SQ7 derivative that will end up sitting on top of the range.
Ulrich Hackenberg refused to provide technical specifications concerning the model but it is believed the hotter Q7 is going to use an adaptation of the hardware setup installed in the RS5 TDI concept. The latter uses a TDI 3.0 V6 twin-turbo engine working together with a “supplemental electric turbocharger” powered by a lithium-ion battery pack that has a compact size.
In the RS5 TDI concept, the setup provides 385 PS (283 kW) and 553 lb-ft (750 Nm) of torque, enough for a 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) run in 4 seconds and a fuel consumption of less than 5.3 liters / 100 km. Chances are the engineers will further tweak the hardware setup so the Audi SQ7 could end up with more power taking into consideration the second-gen Q7 is going to be considerably heavier than the aforementioned RS5 TDI concept.