Audi is launching an exceptionally efficient diesel version of the new 7-seat Audi Q7 SUV (earlier post), which is now available for customer order in Europe: the newest Audi Q7 ultra 3.0 TDI quattro. This engine not only reduces fuel consumption to 5.5 liters diesel per 100 km (42.8mpg US), it also reduces the entry-level price for the Q7 model series to €58,000 (US$63,600). Audi will be delivering cars to dealers in Europe starting in September.
The 3.0 TDI with 160 kW (218 hp) emits 144 grams of CO2per km (231.7 g/mi). With up to 28 percent less fuel consumption than its predecessor, it achieves the best score in efficiency in the competition.
The new Audi Q7 accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 7.1 seconds. It can continue to sprint to its top speed of 216 km/h (134.2 mph).
Audi models with “ultra” affixed to their names attain best values in fuel consumption and emissions. In the Q7, the “ultra” high-efficiency diesel is the third version after two other engines were successfully launched on European markets in mid-June: the 3.0 TFSI with 245 kW (333 hp) and the 3.0 TDI with 200 kW (272 hp).
The Audi Q7 ultra 3.0 TDI quattro with 160 kW (218 hp) and 500 N·m (368.8 lb‑ft) of torque from 1,250 to 3,000 rpm was engineered for very low fuel consumption and differs from the more powerful 3.0 TDI with 200 kW (272 hp) in some aspects—e.g., in engine management, in particular, need-based adjustments were made to the water pump, oil cooler and combustion process.