The Audi SQ7 is bound to receive an electric supercharger developed by French automotive supplier Valeo. Due in 2016, this hotter version of the second generation Q7 will use a V8 turbodiesel engine which will have a 4.0 or 4.2-liter displacement and will work together with an electric supercharger that according to Valeo will reduce fuel consumption by at least 7% while the fuel savings can reach up to 20%.
Aside from making a car more efficient, this electric supercharger will almost eliminate the lag you would normally find in a turbocharged engine which means the Audi SQ7 will offer some seriously quick accelerations despite its hefty weight.
However, this new variant of the Q7 won’t come cheap as Valeo admits an electric supercharger is quite expensive to produce and it also increases the power consumption of the vehicle.
Honeywell from United States are also working on their electric supercharger which will be out in 2017 or 2019 at the latest. They are describing the product as an “electrically driven compressor” which will help kill most of the lag at the low end of the engine speed.
Note: Possible Audi SQ7 photo attached.
via Automotive News