When it was initially unveiled in March 2016, the Audi SQ7 turned the world’s most highly effective diesel SUV. It retained the TDI motor with the mid-cycle facelift introduced in July 2019, but it has given that misplaced the oil-burner in favor of a gasoline motor. The European model now rocks the same TFSI unit as its American sibling, which is both fantastic and lousy information relying on which side are you on.
Some would argue a diesel with its copious minimal-close torque and better fuel financial system is more ideal for these types of a large and significant car or truck even though other people are against the concept of a performance car or truck managing on Devil’s fuel. We can all agree it’s a bit odd Audi has refrained from carrying out a total-extra fat RS Q7 (there’s no RS Q5 both) given that all the components is currently available in the RS Q8. Not to be concerned as this amped-up SQ7 TFSI is a tuner’s choose on the flagship model the Four Rings refuse to do.
Shot by Motor1.com buddy Auditography in Warsaw, Poland, this Sepang Blue example is not your normal SQ7 as the twin-turbo V8 has been massaged to supply more oomph. The 4.-liter unit now packs a wholesome 590 pound-feet (800 Newton-meters) of torque to perfectly match the RS Q8, though nonetheless down by 74 lb-ft (one hundred Nm) as opposed to the extinct SQ7 TDI diesel monster.
Horsepower has been boosted by ten percent to 550 hp or 41 hp shy of the RS Q8’’s muscle. It now hits sixty two mph (one hundred km/h) from a standstill in a mere three.seven seconds, which is mighty spectacular given the sheer dimension and body weight of the luxobarge. Some RS badges and dual oval exhausts would’ve introduced it nearer to a tuner’s choose on an RS Q7, but at the very least the indignant exhaust observe is identical to what you would count on from a array-topping SUV formulated by Audi Sport.
Because we described body weight, the chunky car or truck guidelines the scales at 2,399 kilograms (5,291 lbs), and even though it doesn’t have the sharp dealing with of a suitable performance motor vehicle, its acceleration off the line is identical. As modern and sporty as the RS Q8 is, the Q7 seems more imposing and muscular, hence we believe it’s deserving of the entirely fledged RS procedure. Fortunately, tuners will make you an unofficial one as extended as your pockets can manage the top quality.