2017 Audi SQ7 (Fake) V8 Exhaust Sound Isn't That Bad

Wondering what the most powerful diesel SUV currently in production sounds like? Wonder no more, as Audi is about to start selling the SQ7 and we have the first B-roll footage of the production car. We think it sounds almost the same as the SQ5 TDI, the A6 3.0 BiTDI, and A7 3.0 BiTDI.
2017 Audi SQ7 (Fake) V8 Exhaust Sound Isn't That Bad 1 photo
Photo: Screenshot from YouTube
It all has to do with fake systems that Audi and other manufacturers are using to artificially make their vehicles sound cool. The photo above has nothing to do with the videos, but it does show the "Soundaktor" installed on each side of the massive exhaust.

The placement is different than before, probably because Audi doesn't want people to see the device by looking under the SUV. But the overall result is the same: better sound than you would expect from a diesel. In this case, the pipes are linked to an all-new V8 with two turbochargers and an electric compressor mounted onto the left radiator. The car also runs on that 48-volt electric system Audi kept talking about.

According to the manufacturer, the TDI V8 can deliver 435 PS and 900 Nm (663.8 lb-ft) between 1,000 and 3,250 rpm. With that much grunt, the first S version of the Q7 runs to 100 km/h in 4.8 seconds, yet its average fuel economy is rated at 7.4 liters of diesel for 100 kilometers (31.8 US mpg).

Other innovations include the electromechanical active roll stabilization system, said to reduce body roll in the corners without compromising on comfort. The bad news is that all this tech is expensive, as price will start at around €90,000 in Germany. Audi says that, for that money, you are getting more trim, but we still wish they would have been more aggressive with the styling, especially considering there won't be an RS7.

Speaking of which, we have to mention that the chances of the SQ7 coming to the US are nearly 0%. Audi would be wise to develop another version of the car that's powered by the 4.0 TFSI from the S7.

Video thumbnail
Video thumbnail
If you liked the article, please follow us:  Google News icon Google News Youtube Instagram
About the author: Mihnea Radu
Mihnea Radu profile photo

Mihnea's favorite cars have already been built, the so-called modern classics from the '80s and '90s. He also loves local car culture from all over the world, so don't be surprised to see him getting excited about weird Japanese imports, low-rider VWs out of Germany, replicas from Russia or LS swaps down in Florida.
Full profile


Would you like AUTOEVOLUTION to send you notifications?

You will only receive our top stories