Since the Audi Q7 received its mid-cycle facelift, we’ve been pretty vocal about how we feel it’s a downgrade in style over the pre-facelift car it replaces. Prior to facelifting, the Q7 was a great looking car with a handsome face and near-perfect SUV proportions. This new one maintains the same proportions but gets a new face that, while not horrible looking, is a bit messier than before. Same goes for the sportier Audi SQ7, as its added aggression doesn’t help the messy face. However, ABT Sportsline has tuned one and it does look a bit better.
Powering the new Audi SQ7 TDI is the same 4.0 liter twin-turbocharged V8 diesel engine, with an addition electrically-powered compressor (EPC), which is essentially a small electric turbocharger. In stock form, that big diesel engine makes 435 hp and 664 lb-ft of torque, which is ample to say the least. ABT Sportsline didn’t think that was enough, though, as they’ve upped the ante.
Thanks to an engine tune, the ABT Audi SQ7 makes a whopping 510 hp and 710 lb-ft of torque. That’s mighty. More than that, though, ABT has also given it their own Sound-Control system to make its exhaust sound better. So it should be more exciting to actually drive, while also being faster.
“The engine and platform have plenty in reserve, providing both impressive power and excellent driveability,” said ABT Sportsline CEO Hans-Jürgen Abt.
On the outside, though, ABT Sportsline has made the Audi SQ7 look better than before. It gets a new widebody kit, that makes it look more aggressive, blacked out trim pieces, a lowered suspension and 22-inch wheels. With all of its blacked out trim, lower and wider stance, the ABT Audi SQ7 looks better than the standard car and far sportier.
If I’m an SQ7-owner, I’m keeping a very close eye on this tuning package from ABT. Not only does it make the car look much better but it adds quite a bit of extra power and noise. So it’s a comprehensive upgrade that’s likely worth whatever it costs.