That V8 engine dominates the driving experience in a way that no other diesel ever has before. It’ll feel right at home in the Bentayga
when Bentley slots it into its own, ultra-exclusive SUV next year.
It’s monstrously quick in a straight-line, with a mountain of torque that builds from virtually no revs and never seems like it’s going to let up. Only the brief pauses for a gearshift interrupt the relentless way it piles on speed; accompanied by a wonderful, bassy rumble.
If anything, it’s a little excessive – anyone with a family would find themselves especially unpopular if they tapped into the SQ7’s full reservoir of performance with their loved ones sat on-board. As we wound down a tight, slippery mountain road, the speed it can carry becomes faintly alarming, as you realise just how much work the huge (optional) carbon discs are doing to keep it all in check.
Overkill or not, it’s hard not to have a smile plastered across your face each and every time you bury the throttle, and as a technical achievement alone, this powertrain sets new class benchmarks.