On paper, it’s a a foregone conclusion. The new Audi SQ7 TDI with 435 hp versus the 10,600 hp Red Bull Alpha Jet – a demilitarised Fairchild Dornier Alpha Jet fighter plane – in a 300-metre race on an airstrip. Not so soon, says Audi’s Le Mans and DTM champion Mike Rockenfeller in the flagship Q7.

Announced last week, the Audi SQ7 TDI is the most powerful diesel SUV on the market and also the world’s first production car to feature an “electric turbo” system. Audi says that the 435 hp/900 Nm biturbo V8’s electric powered compressor (EPC) augments the work of the two exhaust gas turbochargers, particularly at low rpms, providing for “extremely dynamic” off-the-line performance. Response time is 250 milliseconds.

We’re guessing that the real world acceleration experience would feel a lot faster than what the official 0-100 km/h time of 4.8 seconds suggests. More info on the EPC, as well as the new 4.0 litre TDI’s other tech highlights (Audi valvelift system makes its debut in a diesel model) here.

The second-generation Audi Q7, which underwent a successful diet programme that yielded a 325 kg weight loss, was launched in Malaysia in November 2015. We get a sole 3.0 TFSI with a 333 hp/440 Nm supercharged V6 engine, good for 0-100 km/h in 6.3 seconds – not quite jet-beating material, but hot hatches beware. We’ve driven the RM590k SUV, and you can read the test drive report here.

GALLERY: Audi SQ7 TDI