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Audi Q7: No more V12 diesel engine, V8 next?

Audi Q7 V12 TDI

Audi is reportedly axing the Audi Q7 V12 TDI from its line-up without a successor. Could V8 diesel engines be next?

Meanwhile a trend set by BMW and Mercedes could be continued by Audi in abandoning V8 diesels, too. The 4.2-litre V8 TDI which is available both on the Q7 and the A8 could also be put out to pasture. The unit makes 340 hp on the SUV and 350 hp on the A8 sedan, but with the three-litre V6 TDI offering 313 hp on the new Audi A6, a bigger unit is no longer required.