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Despite its arching roofline and gracefully styled tail, the Audi Q7 isn’t a vehicle you’d ever call pretty. Dramatic. Aggressive. But pretty? The full gallery is below.

Nor will anyone leap to a defensive stance when, in discussing the diesel-powered Q7 V12, I suggest it won’t be economical. For one thing, the V12 TDI sits in a hugely expensive vehicle. Secondly, Audi suggests it’ll consume – on average – about 20 miles per gallon. That’s a wonderful figure for a vehicle with 500 horsepower and 736 lb-ft of torque, but it’s no Prius. (Check out a fuel efficiency comparison between this Q7 and another at AutoEnergy.) The Q7 V12 TDI will, says Audi, will be hitting dealers before the end of the year. The 6.0L V12 is being built in Hungary. 
Nevertheless, will go on record as saying that the Audi Q7 V12 TDI is wicked sweet. It’s abnormal and tremendously unique – traits craved at GCBC. There are four inter-connected rings in its grille; something usually appreciated in these parts. And while not pretty, she do look nasty. Picture that front-end filling your rear-view mirror. 
Now pull over. The train is pulling through.
If we North Americans gain permission from Audi HQ, it’s expected the price could top $100,000 USD, some $40K more than any other Q7. Though its quite likely that any sane Audi buyer with that kind of money would head straight for an RS6 Avant, the Q7 V12 TDI isn’t about sanity. It is about wicked sweetness.