Audi has revealed an updated version of the range-topping SQ7 SUV, featuring a 435bhp turbocharged V8 diesel engine. The 7-seat rival to the likes of the Porsche Macan and Range Rover Sport features similar exterior changes seen on the mid-cycle facelift for the standard Q7 range, with the addition of several S-specific details. These include a revamped grille, aluminium mirror details, quad chrome exhaust pipes and 21-inch cast aluminium wheels.
The 4.0-litre biturbo V8 diesel engine is the same unit that sits under the bonnet of the recently revealed SQ8. The motor develops 900Nm of torque, which helps Audi claim a 0-100kph time of 4.8secs, though the top speed is limited to 250kph. As in the SQ8, the diesel engine is boosted by a 48V mild-hybrid Electrically Powered Compressor (EPC) that aids the two turbochargers, improving torque under acceleration at low speeds.
Power is sent through an 8-speed tiptronic transmission to all-four wheels via Audi’s quattro all-wheel-drive system. Adaptive sport air suspension is standard fit though the SQ7 also features progressive steering to improve handling.
There are 400mm brake discs at the front, with 370mm discs at the rear. The callipers are finished in black, although they are optionally available in red.
The interior of the SQ7 features bespoke leather sports seats with integrated head restraints, and Audi’s MMI navigation plus system.
The SQ7 will be offered in a Vorsprung edition, which adds all-wheel steering to further boost handling. It also features 22-inch wheels, and seats fitted with climate control and a massage function.
While we know that Audi India will bring the standard Q7 to the country sometime next year, there is no word yet on this hotter version arriving. Stay tuned for more.