• Sep 8th 2006 at 8:21PM
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Audi's gonna do it. According to a German report, they're putting a race-derived 6.0-liter V12 TDI in the Q7 SUV for 2008. The street version of the V12 TDI will be the most powerful passenger car diesel in the world, with -- get this -- 500 horsepower and a staggering 720 lb ft of torque on tap. And it doesn't end there. According to the same report, the monster diesel will find its way into the next A8 sedan, due in 2010.

Unless you've been living in a cave, you know that the V12 TDI is the engine that led the Audi R10 to American Le Mans Series dominance this year, and powered Audi to overall victory at the 24 hours of Le Mans.

Now, the million-dollar question is this: Will we see this engine here?

We sure hope so. Keep your fingers crossed...

[Source: Stimme.de via German Car Blog]

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      • 9 Years Ago
      That's it I'm moving to Europe..
      • 9 Years Ago
      Awesome SUV, we need stuff like this here in the United States. For some reason we never get the ulrta fun stuff.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Why? Who needs or wants a 12 cylindered diesel Audi SUV?

      • 9 Years Ago
      Your right minimal content. Firstly has this engine ever been transversely mounted, no. Has the TT ever has a longitudinal engine, no.

      Maybe half of this engine transversely? but what transmission

      Maybe the 7g-tronic really helps out with the ML62?
      • 9 Years Ago
      Geez, this would probably be faster than the ML63, which is already faster than a Cayenne Turbo S. That blue color actually makes the car look pretty good too, most I've seen have been silver or white and it just makes it look obese like a lot of the American SUVs as opposed to the more athletic ML or X5 style.
      • 9 Years Ago
      So you've got a hot new engine derived from a race car, and to show off the engines enormous capabilities the first vehicle you put it in is a SUV.

      Greeaaaaat. What, did the Gallardo's V10 not fit?

      Granted, The Q7/Cayenne are probably the best handling SUV's out there (go check out the Cayenne Nurburgring time,) but still....launch this new engine in something more befitting of its racing heritage.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Porsche Cay-ant (like can't) Turblow!!! hehehe
      • 9 Years Ago
      The sort of handling the Q7 is good at pays off in everyday driving. You don't have to push it hard to feel its advantage in this area vs. a GL or other large SUV. Even switching from one lane to another it feels more precise and agile.

      I'm a car person myself; I doubt I'll ever buy an SUV. But there is something special about driving a vehicle that feels commanding and powerful without feeling ungainly.
      • 9 Years Ago
      The Q7 handles just as well as the Cayenne. If you look at Car and Drivers latest luxo SUV comparison, the Q7 blew all the others away in handling. This is still crazy, 500 hp from a 6 liter diesel, amazing. The torque and the efficiency are present of course as well.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Sorry to spoil the party but the diesel for the TDI was a special blend not even close to the street version, so if they put the same (will never happen) engine in the Q7 they will have to build new gas stations too.
      • 9 Years Ago
      What's the towing capability of this thing? The Queen Mary 2??? Or maybe just a small island nation.....
      • 9 Years Ago
      as much fun as one of these may be i would hate to see it come stateside. the only people who buy one r rich soccer moms and the last thing we should give them is more power. already soccer moms in gx470 have too much power that they cant control while on the phone and applying makeup.
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