Auto Express drives Audi SQ7 Vorsprung Edition

Audi’s slogan is “Vorsrprung Durch Technik”, meaning “Progress Through Technology” in German. Fittingly, Audi has applied part of that slogan to the name of one of its most high-tech vehicles, the Audi SQ7. Auto Express recently had the chance to test the new Audi SQ7 Vorspring Edition to see if it’s worth the extra money.

As a bit of a refresher, the Audi SQ7 TDI packs a 4.0 liter, triple-turbocharged V8 diesel engine that makes 429 hp and 663 lb-ft of torque. While I say triple-turbocharged, it’s actually twin-turbocharged with a third electrically-controlled compressor that eliminates turbo lag. However, an EPC is just an electric turbocharger and it sounds cool to say triple-turbocharged. So that’s what we’re going with.

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Standard Audi SQ7 TDI

The Audi SQ7 also gets a 48-volt electrical subsystem that helps power some fancy active suspension and active anti-roll bars. So it’s a high-tech affair, this SQ7, and that helps make a very large, very heavy SUV drive and handle far better than it should. So it’s only fitting that Audi gives its new special edition its “Vorsprung” name.

So what does that Vorsprung Edition bring? Well, not too much to be honest. You get a new snazzy set of 22-inch Audi Sport wheels (which do look good, admittedly), Matrix LED headlights as standard, some extra leather and blacked out exterior trim bits, such as the grille surround, window trim and badges. So it looks more aggressive inside and out but it isn’t really actually any more impressive.

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Mechanically, it’s pretty much the same but that’s really no bad thing. The Audi SQ7 is already a beast of an SUV, even if it is a bit too expensive. Unfortunately, the Vorsprung package only really makes it more expensive without providing enough extras to make it worthwhile. It looks great but, honestly, you’re better off buying the regular one and adding some aftermarket extras to make it looks more aggressive.

Nico DeMattia

I've been in love with cars since I was a kid, specifically German cars. Now I get to drive them talk about them on the internet.