- The 4.0-litre TDI V8 engine churns out 900Nm of torque
- The updated Q7 design has been souped-up in the S guise.
Following the recent mid-life update for the Q7 and the new flagship SQ8, Audi has unveiled the S guise of the second-biggest SUV in its range. The SQ7 carries forward the mammoth TDI V8, but gets new cosmetic changes to keep it going for a few more years.
The SQ8 was the first model which debuted the torquey 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 back in 2016. Since then this motor has found its way into other SUVs under the Volkswagen Group umbrella like the Bentley Bentayga and VW Touareg. Even in the updated SQ7, the diesel V8 produces the same 428bhp and an earth-shattering 900Nm of twisting force from as low as 1,250 rpm. The 0-100kmph time is a supercar-shaming 4.8 seconds and the SUV is electronically capped at a top speed of 250kmph.
In terms of styling, the updated SQ7 understandably takes all the cues from the standard Q7 facelift. So the new three-split LED headlamps and tail lamps are present. But adding to the imposing character are the twin-vertical slats on the massive cascading grille and large air intakes on the front bumpers.
At the back, the SQ7 has quad exhaust with A8-like metallic strip bridging the LED tail lamps on the tailgate. Other highlights are the contrasting silver accents seen all around the body like the bash plate, ORVM and roof rails. Moreover, Audi Exclusive Program also allows for personalization of the performance SUV as per the customer’s taste.
The SQ7 sits on 20-inch wheels, showing off the massive brakes which measure 400mm at the front and 370mm at the back and can be had with either black or red callipers. And if that’s not big enough for the customer, Audi also offers carbon-ceramic brake sets which are even bigger (420mm) and comes with anthracite grey callipers. On the inside, things remain mostly unchanged except for the Audi Virtual Cockpit which does get some extra features specially made for the SQ7.
Audi will start selling the SQ7 in the coming few days with prices starting at 94,900 Euros in Germany. The SQ7 is also available in a three-row configuration which can be had for a little extra cash.