Driven normally - i.e. It’s fine to show off your choice of a V-12 diesel with a badge on the rear, but first you need more plebeian vehicles to move out of the way, and Audi has made sure the Q7 V-12 TDI does not stay unnoticed in rearview mirrors. Think of it as Audi’s unconventional response to the Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG and Porsche Cayenne Turbo S—the latter of which sits on the same platform as the Q7—as well as upcoming M versions of the BMW X5 and X6. Of course, this means off-roading is off-limits; with this SUV’s footwear, you’d probably need to get towed off wet grass. It is true that the European market for diesels is still huge, but for most companies and consumers, diesel is a means to achieve fuel efficiency, not fun. Obviously we're not talking about the Q7 itself here. - Tested: 2009 Audi Q7 3.0 TDI Diesel At 155 mph, a governor kicks in. Free shipping on many items ... 2012-2014 AUDI A8 V12 6.3L ENGINE 500HP … Nevertheless, another manufacturer might have baulked at releasing a road-going version of the engine, given its preposterous size and expense - but Audi cheerily rolled out the world's first V12 diesel-engined production car as if it represented the logical end of its sporting investment. I understand that I can unsubscribe at any time. But with 500hp at 3,750rpm, it does still go. Even by today's standards, the scale of that figure is preposterous. In truth, the 6.0-litre unit was not very much like the 5.5-litre race winner - it shared more with the six, eight and ten cylinder oil burners that Ingolstadt was building at the time - although that doesn't mean it wasn't flush with the latest tech; boasting another first with its 2,000 bar Bosch Common Rail injection system. The soccer mom special - particularly in the bizarrely overboard Exclusive concept trim that included enough American Walnut to relay a basketball court - is plainly not deserving of PH Hero status. Listed 301 days ago, Columbus, OH Roadholding is further improved by the Q7’s huge rubber; 20-inch wheels are standard, 21-inchers are optional. - Shop today! Audi says the 0-to-62-mph sprint takes 5.5 seconds, and—more impressive—112 mph is achieved in 15.7 seconds. Even more impressive is its maximum torque: between 1,750 rpm and 3,250 rpm the V12 TDI has a constant 737lb-ft (1,000Nm) on tap. After all, we prefer a real 155 mph to a theoretical 176. - This 500-hp monster is the strongest commitment to the diesel engine yet. I agree to receive emails from Motor Authority. I agree to receive emails from Motor Authority. Privacy Policy. Production of the new model will be handled by Audi’s quattro subsidiary and the first cars will roll onto showroom floors at the end of the year. But the V12 is too big, too burly and too outrageous to be airbrushed from history; not least because its like will never come again. Add to list Added to list. In fact, the manner in which its umpteen moving parts suddenly rouse themselves and have you headlong down the road is affecting, even when put into the context of its quicker, cleverer descendant. Audi engineers have lapped the Nürburgring Nordschleife in as little as 8 minutes 50 seconds, a hugely impressive performance for a large, top-heavy SUV. - The U.S. won’t get the Q7 V-12 TDI for now (commence lower-lip trembling, American diesel fans), but Audi executives aren’t shutting the door entirely. The V12's provenance hardly mattered in any case, so prodigious was its output and unlikely its installation. On a particularly challenging stretch with repeated top-speed charges, we averaged about 13 mpg. This 6.0-liter V-12 is completely new, but it shares components with Audi’s family of V-6, V-8, and V-10 engines. At full stride, the Q7 remains knowingly ridiculous: a long enough straight line will deliver 62mph in about 5.5 seconds, and it sails nonchalantly through the air resistance that normally has a labouring effect on big SUVs at high speeds. Certainly it is faster - by miles - than its forbear, but that's hardly the point. We were surprised at the elevated sound level. Shop with Afterpay on eligible items. At the equivalent of about $185,000, this is the most expensive Audi currently offered, even slightly topping the long-wheelbase A8 W-12 that, admittedly, has less power. There is no loss of room for people or cargo over more pedestrian Q7s, meaning space is abundant. You do not need to open the bonnet or to see the badge to appreciate that there's a reciprocating Goliath lurking under the nose. As for the Quattro all-wheel-drive system, the power distribution is flexible, but the standard setting is 40 percent front and 60 percent rear. But the wanton, inapposite charm of the lump is unavoidable. Killeen, TX AUDI Q7 V12 TDI EXLCUSIVE CONCEPTEngine: 5,934cc, turbocharged V12Transmission: 6-speed tiptronic, all-wheel drivePower (hp): 500@3,750rpmTorque (lb ft): 738@1,750-3,250rpm0-62mph: 5.5secTop speed: 155mphWeight: 2,710kg (unladen)MPG: 20.8 (NEDC combined)CO2: 298g/kmOn sale: 2009-2012Price new: £154,175 Price now: £32,995 -£40,000, © 2020 Pistonheads Holdco Limited, All Rights Reserved, Pistonheads Holdco Limited, c/o Legalinx Limited, Tallis House, 2 Tallis Street, Temple, London, EC4Y 0AB, United Kingdom. Listed 23 days ago, Saint Louis, MO Listed 13 days ago, Kannapolis, NC Please enter a five-digit zip code to find cars for sale near you. Reason enough to usher it respectfully into the PH Hero hall of fame. Listed 24 days ago, Hybrid Vehicles Lead in Owner Satisfaction, The Most Popular Used Electric Vehicles by State, Best Used Cars to Trade-In and Buy Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic, 8 cars for sale found, starting at $10,995, Average price for Used Audi A8 W12 Quattro: $26,924. The front disks are gripped by eight-piston brake calipers, while the rear brakes function with four pistons each. But the engine beneath the Ipanema Brown paint is a different matter altogether. Now though, with diesel's fall from favour picking up remarkable speed, the writing is on the wall. 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