Hot SUV gains new look and powertrain to take on Range Rover Sport and Porsche Macan

Audi has launched an updated version of the range-topping SQ7 SUV, featuring a 429bhp turbocharged V8 diesel engine.

The seven-seat Range Rover Sport rival, which will go on sale in the UK next month, features the recent facelift seen on the rest of the Q7 range, with the addition of several S-specific details. They include a revamped grille, aluminium mirror details, quad chrome exhaust pipes and 21in cast aluminium wheels. 

The 4.0-litre biturbo V8 diesel engine is the same featured in the recently revealed SQ8, and offers 664lb ft of torque, a 0-62mph time of 4.8sec and a limited top speed of 155mph. 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.

The powertrain of the sport SUV is driven through an eight-speed Tiptronic transmission, and the SUV features Audi’s quattro all-wheel-drive system. Adaptive sport air suspension is fitted as standard, while the SQ7 also features progressive steering to improve handling. 

There are 400mm brake discs at the front, with 370mm discs at the rear. The calipers 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 22in wheels, and seats fitted with climate control and a massage function.

The car will go on sale in the UK in August, with prices expected to start from around £76,500.

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Audi SQ7

Some impressive innovations make an already commendable SUV great, just in time to compete with premium rivals like the Range Rover Sport, Porsche Cayenne and BMW X5

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22 July 2019
Vulgar conspicuous consumption.

Ban its ilk from UK roads.

Steam cars are due a revival.

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23 July 2019
Thekrankis wrote:

Vulgar conspicuous consumption. Ban its ilk from UK roads.

..if you can't afford a SQ7 you shouldn't be allowed to drive. Make driving a luxury pursuit again.

23 July 2019
Thekrankis wrote:

Vulgar conspicuous consumption. Ban its ilk from UK roads.

I have no problem with wealthy people having expensive things, but somehow the idea that ths type of vehicle is a sign of status needs to be got out of peoples heads. If it were up to me (and its probably just as well most things aren't up to me!) I would impose a 70mph (maybe lower?) built in speed restrictor on all vehicles over two tonnes or with a fuel consuption over a fixed value at that speed e.g. 40mpg. Once people realise this type of vehicle will relegate them to the inside lane on the motorway maybe people will stop buying them. Maybe....

23 July 2019
Gfos wrote:

Thekrankis wrote:

Vulgar conspicuous consumption. Ban its ilk from UK roads.

I have no problem with wealthy people having expensive things, but somehow the idea that ths type of vehicle is a sign of status needs to be got out of peoples heads. If it were up to me (and its probably just as well most things aren't up to me!) I would impose a 70mph (maybe lower?) built in speed restrictor on all vehicles over two tonnes or with a fuel consuption over a fixed value at that speed e.g. 40mpg. Once people realise this type of vehicle will relegate them to the inside lane on the motorway maybe people will stop buying them. Maybe....

All the Tesla Model s and X owners would then also be relegated to the the same restrictions. They weight over 2 tonnes.

23 July 2019
armstrm wrote:

Gfos wrote:

Thekrankis wrote:

Vulgar conspicuous consumption. Ban its ilk from UK roads.

I have no problem with wealthy people having expensive things, but somehow the idea that ths type of vehicle is a sign of status needs to be got out of peoples heads. If it were up to me (and its probably just as well most things aren't up to me!) I would impose a 70mph (maybe lower?) built in speed restrictor on all vehicles over two tonnes or with a fuel consuption over a fixed value at that speed e.g. 40mpg. Once people realise this type of vehicle will relegate them to the inside lane on the motorway maybe people will stop buying them. Maybe....

All the Tesla Model s and X owners would then also be relegated to the the same restrictions. They weight over 2 tonnes.

Yep! electric cars shouldn't be exempt - they should set a good example!

23 July 2019
This car can be eco! If you buy any car that is costly to produce in terms of C02 then a minimum time of ownership of at least 5 years should be imposed. If you sell your car sooner than that you pay a carbon fine! I have been driving my X5 for almost 4 years now, I'm hoping to get another 10 out of it! Any excess C02 that my car produces over any given eco box will be more than recompensated for by extending its working life.

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