Audi Q7 TD

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The clean-diesel technology derived from the Audi R10 TDI Le Mans–series racecar is finally making its way into the German automaker’s U.S. production line. The Audi Q7 TDI ( was the first diesel-powered model to arrive stateside last year. Though a 3-liter turbocharged V-6 engine that produces only 225 hp may seem a bit lackluster on paper, the diesel-powered motor churns up an impressive 406 ft lbs of torque—more than 80 ft lbs over the current top-range Q7. Better still, the car gets 25 mpg on the highway, which translates to more than 600 miles on the highway on a full tank. Much like the R10, the diesel SUV is surprisingly quiet and responds with plenty of thrust when prodded with heavy throttle. Priced at $50,900, the Audi Q7 TDI may not be the sportiest vehicle in its segment, but with a towing capacity of 6,600 pounds, the seven-passenger SUV makes very few compromises when it comes to utility.

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