Report: Audi Q7 V12 TDI Coming in 2008S

Earlier this year at the Detroit show, we eyeballed a snow-white SUV prototype whose purity-implying paint scheme belied the sooty oil burner hidden within. Admittedly, the metaphor of that Audi Q7 concept stretches thin, considering the Audi V12 TDI under the hood is far less emmisive than diesel-fired smokers of the past, and potent enough for Audi's Le Mans racers (in racing trim, natch). Back then, Audi reps stood mute on the subject of release date, satisfied enough with dropping the hint and moving on. But as Dutch auto mag Autotelegraaf reports, the twelve-banger Q7 is on the European docket for the second half of 2008 as a 2009 model. It won't have the full Le Mans monte, but will likely get the concept's 500 horsepower and 738 lb-ft of torque, giving it the potential to become the most exciting new vehicle in years, and a fitting amuse bouche hinting at a sumptuous main course. That is, yet-unconfirmed Audi R8 V12 TDI. We've got one word for ya, kid. Oil. [Autotelegraaf via The German Car Blog]