One of the cars that US Audi customers have wanted for some time, but haven’t gotten until now, is the Audi SQ7. The big brute has been a Euro-market only car for awhile, as it’s always had a diesel engine under its hood. Now, though, the SQ7 is available with a monster V8 gas engine and it’s something American customers can buy right now.
Now that the Audi SQ7 is here, US customers can visit AudiUSA.com and customize one for themselves. It’s a new concept for American Audi customers, so it’s exciting to see.
It’s not cheap, the SQ7. It starts at $84,800 before destination for the “Premium Plus” trim. However, even the entry level model is extremely well-equipped as-standard. It gets adaptive air suspension, all-wheel steering, Matrix LED headlights and four-zone climate control. Step up to the “Prestige” trim and you’ll get a head-up display, soft-closing doors, dual-pane glass and Audi’s latest suite of driver’s assistance systems.
The best option for the Audi SQ7 is actually a paint color. More specifically, Barrel Brown. There are criminally few brown performance cars on the market but the SQ7 is one of them. While big heavy SUVs are sort of the antithesis of performance cars, brown is a good color for the SQ7, as it makes it a bit more ambiguous, until you put your right foot down and unleash all of its might onto an unsuspecting stop-light drag-race opponent.
Speaking of power, the Audi SQ7 is powered by a 4.0 liter twin-turbocharged V8 makes 500 horsepower and 568 lb-ft of torque. So it’s seriously quick, capable of hitting 60 mph in 4.3 seconds. For an SUV, that’s almost too fast.
We’re very excited to see the SQ7 on our shores, to compete with cars like the BMW X5 M50i and Mercedes-AMG GLE43. It will be the first time ever but we hope it won’t be the last.