Audi SQ7 And Panamera 4S D Out To Prove Diesels Are Still Cool

We’re a little over two years away from the 2020s and the automotive world has already planned its shift to fully-electric vehicles and advanced driver assistance systems.

Fallout from VW’s Dieselgate scandal has effected pretty much all diesel-powered cars in the world as many consumers tend to view these cars a lot differently than before.

Still, from a purely performance related standpoint, you can still have plenty of fun behind the wheel of a diesel, as long as it’s got sufficient power and torque to haul its own mass around with haste.

Starting with the Audi SQ7, it’s powered by a 4.0-liter diesel V8, good for 435 PS and a whooping 900 Nm (663 lb-ft) of torque. In a straight line, it will hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.8 seconds, which is as good as an E92 BMW M3.

As for the Porsche Panamera 4S Diesel, its 4.0-liter V8 churns out a bit less power and torque, at 422 PS and 850 Nm (627 lb-ft), yet since this is a lighter car, it will sprint to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.5 seconds – make that 4.3 seconds if you get the Sport Chrono Pack.

Anyone daring enough to bet on the Audi SUV?


  • Belthronding Tinuviel

    still can’t believe who did design this Q7 garbage van?
    What is wrong with you Audi?

    • TheBelltower

      With the right wheels, it looks okay. Overall, Audi has really screwed-the-pooch with most of their current designs. I haven’t followed Audi’s sales numbers, but it doesn’t seem like people are lining up to buy the Q7. I’ve seen more Bentley Bentayga’s on the road than the Audi Q7.

      • Belthronding Tinuviel

        First gen is clear winner in design if we compare both.İ really pushed myself up to like new one but it did not work properly.
        New one looks cool only if i consider it as a seven seater van but not a Q7 successor.

  • Eduardo Palandi

    more important than being diesel-powered, they are V8-powered. whilst I still prefere a petrol (gas) car, V8 diesels are second to none.

  • Miknik

    Whilst powerful, i never got the point of “Performance Diesels”. Diesels are significantly heavier, rev less and sound way less interesting than a comparable petrol engine, all of which to me is kind of part of a performance car. A powerful performance car should not only be about on paper figure bragging rights in my eyes.

    Given their price range, no one can tell me that a bit of fuel saving is really an argument for people who can actually afford one, and from a “green” point of view, I don’t even want to know what these cars pollute outside the current cycle tests. TO me, all these two represent are a engineering tour de force, because naturally some German premium car needs to have the most powerful Diesel in the world…