Audi Speeds Ahead With a High-Performance SUV

The classic diesel engine was presented in an all-new, high-tech package at the Detroit motor show

While we love concept cars, and we're enamoured with futuristic power train technologies, but we must admit that one of the most alluring vehicles at the Detroit (NAIAS) Motor Show was the diesel-engined, production-ready Audi Q7 V12 TDI. It's now nearly two decades since Audi invented the TDI engine, so it's nice to see the technology being presented it in an all-new high-tech, range-topping guise. Derived from the company's all-conquering race car which won everything it entered in 2006, including the Le Mans 24 hour, the now production-ready version of V12 TDI engine produces 368 kW/500 bhp and 1,000Nm of torque.

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