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2020 Audi SQ7

2020 Audi SQ7

Audi’s range-topping flagship performance SUV gets a new look that should sit well with fans of the SUV

The current-generation Audi SQ7 was only unveiled last year, but it didn’t take Audi long to start developing an updated version of the punchy SUV. That appears to be the case as new spy photos of an SQ7 test mule have been spotted in the wild. The prototype appeared in the wild with another test vehicle — likely the Q7 — in what can only be described as the latest evidence that Audi isn’t sitting on its laurels when it comes to giving its two performance SUVs the necessary updates that’ll keep it fresh in the eyes of consumers.

Update 01/10/2019: The 2020 Audi SQ7 is being put through pre-production, cold-weather testing and is probably in the final stages of testing. A debut should be coming in the next few months, but until then, we have a fresh batch of spy shots located in the gallery at the bottom of this article. Enjoy!

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2020 Audi Q7

2020 Audi Q7

It’s been over three years since Audi revealed its second generation Q7 at the 2015 Detroit auto show, so a facelift or refresh is definitely in order. A camouflaged Q7 prototype was spotted by our spies with many parts of its body hidden, but it does serve as proof that Audi is testing an updated version of the model.

Camouflage obscures the entire font, rear, and lower end of the prototype, and there’s also a cover on the dashboard too. It may look pretty much the same as the current Q7, but there are subtle detail changes and, in fact, this particular prototype may not have all the changes planned for the Q7 refresh.

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2016 Audi Q7 3.0 TDI by CL by Christian Lübke

2016 Audi Q7 3.0 TDI by CL by Christian Lübke

Audi’s full-sized SUV gets bespoke engine and exhaust upgrades

The Audi Q7 broke into the scene in 2007 and with its arrival, it marked a turning point in the German automaker’s future. It was the company’s first SUV and its success paved way for Audi to fill up its own SUV lineup. Nine years later, the Q7 has gone through numerous updates and drivetrains, but what remains is the model’s appeal and popularity. Those two qualities are likely what drew Christian Lübke to create a tuning program for the full-sized Q7 3.0 Diesel, one that features an engine upgrade that nets an output of 320 horsepower and 509 pound-feet of torque.

Developed under the CL by Christian Lübke brand, the kit also features a new set of wheels and most importantly, a bespoke exhaust system that Lübke has the ability to turn the traditionally muted diesel engine sound into a throaty, musical V-8 roar.

That’s pretty much the whole gist of the tuning kit. There are some cosmetic racing decals but other than that, there’s nothing else. It’s admittedly lacking in terms of quantitative upgrades, but the quality is definitely there, and there are only 100 units of the bespoke exhaust system that the tuner is making available.

Continue after the jump to read more about the Audi Q7 3.0 Diesel by CL by Christian Lübke.

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2017 Audi SQ7

2017 Audi SQ7

Audi’s new SQ7 comes with a diesel and lots of standard features

It has been over a year since we saw the new Audi Q7 debut at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, and we’ve been waiting to see the new SQ7 makes its debut. We saw the spy shots of the SQ7 testing in April of last year with almost no camo, but since then the SQ7 has faded away into the back of our minds. We thought the wait was going to last forever since we didn’t the SQ7 debut during the first press days of the 2016 Geneva Auto Show, but as it turns out, Audi decided to skip bringing it to the show. Instead, Audi pulled the sheet off of its new SQ7 at its headquarters in Ingolstadt.

At first, you might think Audi was a little lazy with the SQ7 – it does look almost identical to the Q7 that debuted last year. But, it has its own little differences on the outside, some new engine technology under the hood, and can be optioned as a five-seater or seven-seater. On top of that, this is the first time Audi is throwing the “S” treatment at its largest SUV, so it is something to be excited about.

So, now that Audi has finally released details about its largest S model let’s take a closer look at it. We have lots of details to cover – especially in the drivetrain department – so you might want to get comfortable.

Updated 03/03/2016: Audi dropped the official details on the new SQ7 TDI.

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2015 Audi Q7 - Driven

2015 Audi Q7 - Driven

The Q7 is a child of the SUV craze that began picking up momentum in the mid-2000s. No longer were SUV constrained to automakers like Chevrolet or Ford. Sure, Mercedes had a couple SUVs in its lineup, but Merc already had a long history of building G-Wagens and such. Audi, like Porsche and BMW, shocked the industry with the arrival of three-row people haulers.

Audi pulled the covers off the Q7 for the 2006 model year. Thanks to its parent company Volkswagen, costs were shared between the VW Touareg and Porsche Cayenne thanks to a common chassis. Still, each of the three played to buyers in different segments.

The first-generation Q7 underwent its only major updating for the 2009 model year. A new face, updated rear end, and a redesigned dashboard helped the Q7 keep up with the times. And while you can still buy a first-generation 2015 Q7 in the U.S., Audi has an all-new model waiting to cross the pond.

The completely redesigned 2017 Q7 raises the bar several notches in one swoop. A handsome new design with sharpened angles and a more aggressive stance greats onlookers, while occupants inside are treated to what is likely one of Audi’s finest interiors. An all-digital gauge cluster, extensive aluminum trim, and a minimalistic design propel the Q7 into the latter half of the decade.

But the updated Q7 is still months away. Should customers hold off buying a wait for the swanky new SUV, or does the current 2015 Q7 still earnestly compete? To find out, I spent a week behind the wheel of a 2015 model, fitted with the 3.0-liter TDI V-6, quattro AWD, and an economy car’s MSRP worth of options and extras.

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2017 - 2020 Audi Q7

2017 - 2020 Audi Q7

German carmaker Audi joined the ever-growing SUV market in late 2005, when it unveiled the Q7 full-size crossover SUV at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Audi launched the SUV in North America for the 2007 model year and since then it has received numerous updates and a host of gasoline and diesel powertrains, ranging from 3.0-liter V-6s to massive 6.0-liter V-12s. As we venture into the 2016 model year, nine years since the first-generation Q7 debuted, the Germans are introducing a redesigned version of the SUV.

Boasting brand-new styling, a revamped cabin and updated powertrains, the 2017 Q7 also marks the debut of the nameplate’s first ever plug-in hybrid version. It took Audi about nine years to turn the concept it showcased in 2005 into a production model, but it seems the Germans finally did it. The Q7 e-tron is that much more important as it’s the first plug-in hybrid from Audi with a diesel engine. What’s more, it’s also the world’s first diesel hybrid in the premium SUV segment. Read on for the full details on Germany’s new luxury hauler.

Update 06/27/2019: Audi has refreshed the Q7 for the model year. Check out a break down of the changes in our review below.

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2016 Audi Q7 e-tron 2.0 TFSI quattro

2016 Audi Q7 e-tron 2.0 TFSI quattro

As we inch closer to the full-electric car taking the place of gasoline-fueled cars, we are seeing a transition to plug-in hybrids. These models give buyers a short EV distance and a standard hybrid setup for longer journeys. The Audi Q7 has already joined these ranks with the 2016 Q7 e-tron 3.0 TDI at the 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show, and now it is spreading the e-tron love to China with the Q7 e-tron 2.0 TFSI.

I don’t know exactly why Audi decided to use a different engine in the China-spec Q7 e-tron, but I can only assume that it is because diesel engines are not popular there. In the U.S., we’ve had the same issues with diesel vehicles, but Audi’s never been overly shy about offering diesel-powered cars here.

How does this China-exclusive version of the Q7 e-tron stack up next to the already unveiled TDI version?

Find out by continuing to read my full review 2015 Q7 e-tron 2.0 TFSI.

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2016 Audi Q7 e-tron 3.0 TDI quattro

2016 Audi Q7 e-tron 3.0 TDI quattro

Back in 2005, Audi decided it was time to throw its weight around in the full-size SUV market, unveiling the Q7 at the Frankfurt Auto Show. The vehicle was made available for purchase later the following year.

Based on the same VW Group PL71 platform as the Vokswagen Touareg and Porsche Cayenne, the Q7 has good roots for offering a premium, luxury ride with ample interior space. It even comes with a dose of SUV-style sportiness for those who like a bit of speed with their size. As Audi’s first SUV, the Q7 has spawned a number of smaller crossovers, including the Q5 and Q3. However, it remains Audi’s head honcho when it comes to crossovers.

Now Audi will offer the Q7 with a TDI plug-in hybrid drivetrain and quattro AWD. The Germans hope to retain the same levels of comfort, style, and speed as can be found in the non-electric variants, but with improved efficiency as well.

Called the Q7 e-tron quattro, this vehicle promises to point the way forward for the brand in terms of electrified drivetrains. Ingolstadt says this vehicle can do it all, but can it really?

Continue reading to learn more about the Audi Q7 e-tron 3.0 TDI quattro.

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2017 Audi RS Q7

2017 Audi RS Q7

Released in the 2007 model year in the U.S., the Audi Q7 initially came with a pair of engines: a 3.6-liter V-6 with 280 horsepower and a 4.2-liter V-8 with 350 horsepower. Now, as we head toward the 2016 model year, the folks at TopGear managed to convince a rep from Audi to spill the beans about the oft-rumored RS Q7, a high-output version of the large, fully redesigned SUV that will do battle with the X5 M and the Cayenne Turbo S.

The report is a little sketchy, as TG never identifies the source, but I hope it’s true. Just the thought of a lower-priced luxury-performance SUV coming in to undercut Bimmer is a great thing. Plus, the world is a better place with more Audi RS models.

But, will it actually happen?

Click past the jump to read my full review to find out what I think.

Note: Standard 2016 Audi Q7 pictured here.

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2016 Audi Q7 Plug-in Hybrid

2016 Audi Q7 Plug-in Hybrid

Audi joined the ever-growing SUV market in late 2005, when it unveiled the Q7 full-size at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Audi launched the SUV in North America for the 2007 model year and since then it has received numerous gasoline and diesel powertrains. Although the German brand showed a hybrid Q7 concept as early as 2005, Audi didn’t develop a production model for the first-generation Q7. The study came with a 4.2-liter, FSI engine and an electric motor that provided 150 pound-feet of extra torque. As Audi began testing the second-gen Q7 in 2014, a hybrid version of the SUV has finally started to take shape.

Our trusty paparazzi have just informed us that Audi is testing more than just regular SUVs, including a future hybrid. Now that Porsche has revealed its Cayenne S E-Hybrid, Ingolstadt is upping the ante with a fuel-sipping, yet still potent family hauler of its own and we have visual proof. Read on to get a first glimpse at the upcoming Q7 Plug-In Hybrid.

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2014 Audi Q7 S Line Style Edition

2014 Audi Q7 S Line Style Edition

Until the new, lighter Audi Q7 hits showrooms, the British market gets to enjoy a new special-edition version of the current Q7. The new Q7 S Line Style Edition is built on the S line Plus trim and, despite tons of updates, it only includes a £1,500 ($2,500) price hike.

The new S Line Style Edition is offered with 21-inch wheels in a five-arm rotor design and painted a matte-titanium color. The model is further distinguished by stainless-steel underbody protectors and extended wheel arches, special bumpers with modified lower sections.

Customers can choose between seven exterior colors: Night black, Teak brown, Lava grey, Orca black, Graphite grey, Daytona grey or Scuba blue.

The new Audi Q7 S Line Style Edition is priced from £52,975 (about $88,000 at the current exchange rates) for the 245-horsepower model and up to £62,600 ($104,000) for the 340-horsepower version.

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2014 Audi Q7 S Line Sport Edition

2014 Audi Q7 S Line Sport Edition

Quite frankly, we can’t wait to see what the new and lighter Audi Q7 is going to look like. But until then, we’re going to have to settle with these special-edition models that the German company has just released for the UK market.

In addition to the Q7 S Line Style Edition, the other "unique" model is the Q7 S Line Sport Edition, which comes with its own unique set of upgrades that standard Q7s don’t offer. Among the modifications you’ll see in the S Line Sport Edition include body-colored wheel arch extensions, which adds more width to the full-sized SUV.

Enlarged front air intakes with high gloss slats, lower bumper spoilers, a stainless steel underbody protection, and dual oval exhaust tailpipes integrated into the rear bumper are also part of the package, all of which add character and performance enhancements to the SUV. The changes may not be all that evident at first glance, but they’re there, and Audi put them in there for a reason.

A full slate of paint finishes are also offered for the Q7 S Line Sport Edition. There are 13 choices in all with varying paint effects, including solid, metallic and pearl.

Both S Line models come with "standard equipment" that are unique to both of ’em, if that even makes sense. Privacy glass from the B-pillar rearward, xenon headlamps with LED daytime running lamps, fancy Verano leather upholstery and stainless-steel side running boards are among the features list, as is a powered tailgate operation, an HDD satellite navigation, the Audi parking system advanced with visual and acoustic guidance, the Audi Music Interface, Audi connect, adaptive air suspension, and double glazing.

That’s a lot of features, fellas, and maybe a big reason why Audi is touting both these full-sized models to its customers.

Anybody interested in the Q7 S Line Sport Edition will have to spend anywhere from £52,975 ($72,462) to £64,100 ($87,,679).

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2014 Audi Q7 TDI S-line - Driven

2014 Audi Q7 TDI S-line - Driven

Seeing a line of pristine Carrera White Audi’s from across the paddock at Autobahn Country Club was almost enough to make a guy start jogging to get the first seat time. The brand-new S Q5 was on the pre-event list of attendees, and the new grille finish of the Q5 in brilliant white was very promising.

Within closer range, the “TDI clean diesel” script was visible on the side of almost all ten Audi’s on offer for the car writers to sample. The A7 and A8 were common sights leaving the club gates, but at least one car writer was mildly disappointed.

Not only was the S Q5 not present, but diesel engines all around? Eek. One bright spot was visible: a gigantic white Q7 with some snazzy fender flares on anthracite grey alloys.

Also... a diesel, but this was more TopSpeed style.

A quick blast up to my gravel road photo spot was enough time to fall head-over-heels for the big Q7, even as its replacement is firmly on the horizon for 2014 or 2015.

This Audi is a creamy beast with torque for days even in the 3.0-liter TDI specification. The real clue to its fresher-than-average looks is the S-line trim worn by the tester, which brings along a host of sporty programming options and décor inside as well.

When a Cayenne is too bouncy, and an Escalade is too soft, look no farther than the Q7 TDI S-line for a seven seats and a ride that is ’juuusst riight’.

Click past the jump for all the beautiful sunny photos of the 2014 Audi Q7 TDI S-line, plus some first-hand observations on how the small-capacity diesel engine performs.

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2014 Audi Q7

2014 Audi Q7

Audi’s resident luxury SUV, the Q7, is returning with a 2014 model that features plenty of enhancements, giving the SUV a powerful and progressive design combined with functional spaciousness that’s much needed in the market these days.

It’s a little hard to believe that the Q7 is a relatively young model, having made its debut only 8 years ago at the 2005 Frankfurt Motor Show. Since then, though, it has come to define the German automaker’s SUV offerings, spawning the Q5 and the Q3 along the way.

Make no mistake; the Q7 still has its hands full against some stellar competition in the form of the BMW X5 and the Mercedes GL-Class. The former, in particular, is a new-generation model that wants nothing more than to stake claim in the supremely competitive luxury SUV market. The latter’s got some take in it, too, so you can’t just brush both these SUVs aside when you’re thinking about the Q7.

That being said, Audi appears to be confident in its treatment of the 2014 Q7, including the plethora of exterior and interior upgrades that owners can truly appreciate.

Click past the jump to read about the 2014 Audi Q7

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2013 Audi Q7 Quattro Wide Track by Kahn Design

2013 Audi Q7 Quattro Wide Track by Kahn Design

It looks like this week Kahn Design decided to take a break from all the Land Rover kits we are used to seeing from it and turned its attention on a German SUV: the Audi Q7 with a 3.0-liter diesel engine. As usual, all the tuner did was upgrade the exterior and the interior, but it was more than enough to completely update its overall look.

For the exterior, Kahn prepared an aerodynamic kit that helps optimize the SUV’s efficiency, and make it look significantly better. On the inside, Kahn focused on improving the car’s luxury level.

As expected, Kahn Design will offer its customers the possibility to opt for any imaginable color on both the exterior and the interior of the Q7, but we think the carbon black color that Kahn chose for the example vehicle fits it just fine.

Click past the jump to read more about the Audi Q7 Quattro Wide Track by Kahn Design.

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2012 Audi Q7 Quattro 3.0 Diesel S-Line by A. Kahn Design

2012 Audi Q7 Quattro 3.0 Diesel S-Line by A. Kahn Design

Kahn Design is adding another snazzy tuning package to its lineup with the inclusion of modified Audi Q7 3.0 Diesel S-Line. The new Wide Body package includes some an extensive amount of exterior and interior updates, and can be yours for £61,875, or about $98,600 at the current exchange rates.

The exterior of the Audi glistens with a Glacier pearl white finish and aerodynamic modifications, including new front bumper arches, front bumper replacement wings with air vents, matte pearl grey front grille and bumper sections, a matte black rear diffuser, a large rear upper wing roof, a rear vented bumper, and stainless steel door entry sill plates. The headlamps feature LED daytime running lights, while the doors are equipped with privacy tinted glass. The SUV can be ordered with a new set of 22" Kahn RS-R wheels combined with brake calipers finished in liquid gold and an electronic lowering module. For the interior, the tuner added a red and white speedo & rev counter fascia and machined aluminum vented foot pedals. As always, additional interior modifications can be made per the customer’s request.

The Audi Q7 Quattro 3.0 Diesel S-Line by A. Kahn Design is powered by a 3.0-liter TDI diesel engine that delivers a total of 233 HP and sprints the car from 0 to 60 mph in just 8.4 seconds.

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2012 Audi Q7 V12 TDI by Fostla

2012 Audi Q7 V12 TDI by Fostla

The Q7 is one of the most impressive models Audi has ever offered, and the V12 TDI is the most powerful version offered. These two facts about this SUV is why German tuner, Fostla, decided this would be the car to receive one of their tuning kits. Their latest package jumps the Q7’s output to an amazing 600 HP, as well as tweaks its look to match.

For 3500 euro ($4,500 at the current rates), Fostla will cover a customer’s Q7 in a cool PWF foil in diamond black matte, tint the front and back lights, and tone the discs to between 55% and 85%. For an extra 6000 euro ($7700 at the current rates), customers will get a new set of 11x23 inch matte powder coated side Mansory C5 wheels with 315/25R23 tires in combination with 15 mm front and 30 mm back track plates.

To take care of the Audi Q7’s standard 500 HP, Fostla tricked out the 6.0-liter V12 engine with an ECU upgrade to allow it to push out 600 HP and 737 lb-ft of torque. The 0-60 mph sprint will now be made in 5.5 seconds. This added bonus will set customers back an additional $4,500.

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2011 Audi Q7 S-Line by Je Design

2011 Audi Q7 S-Line by Je Design

Audi is currently working on the second generation Q7 - it will be unveiled sometime in 2013 - but until then, there are some tuners that have found new ideas on how to improve the current model. One example of such a tuner is Je Design, who is offering a new tuning kit with both exterior and interior upgrades, as well as a power increase.

The Q7 tuning package is based on the S-Line model and adds an even sportier feel to the SUV. It includes new high-class wheel arches that increase the SUV’s width by 30 millimeters per side at the front and 40 millimeters per side at the rear. The German tuner is also offering front-spoiler corners, a Park Distance Control rear-apron extension, two Je Design double-tailpipe covers, and a dynamic roof wing with side covers above the C pillars. The complete styling package is available for 7,438 euros, or about $9,624 at the current rates.

The final touch for the exterior of the Audi Q7 is a new set of single-part 10 x 22 inch SUV Select alloy wheel rims. The five-spoke design wheels are wrapped around fitted 295/30R22 tires and available in three different color schemes: matte-black, front silver matte/shadow silver, front polished/graphite matte, polished lip. Customers can also choose the new JE DESIGN SCORPIO complete 10 x 22 inch wheel set in a new double-spoke design. This set can also be had in size 9 x 20 inches in matte-black with polished-silver rim flange. Both 22-inch complete wheel sets are available from 5,190 euros, or about $6,715 at the current rates.

Under the hood, the 4.2 TDI engine has undergone optimized programming of the control electronics to deliver an extra 70 HP and 99 lb-ft of torque. This brings the total power up to 405 HP and 660 lb-ft of torque from the standard 335 HP and 561 lb-ft of torque. With the extra power, the Q7 will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 6.1 seconds. The new control-system software is available for an added price of 1,499 euros, or about $1,940 at the current rates. This software includes a one-year guarantee for the engine, turbocharger, transmission, and drive train, which can be extended by another year for just 199 euros, or $257 at the current rates.

All told, the complete Je Design package for the Audi Q7 will run the customer somewhere around $18,536, depending on the currency rates and any additional tweaks they want to add.

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2012 Audi Q7 3.0 TDI S Line Plus

2012 Audi Q7 3.0 TDI S Line Plus

According to Audi, the next generation Q7 is supposed to be more fuel efficient than the current model, but until that generation makes its grand appearance, Audi has decided to offer a new engine for the current SUV. The first details for this new engine state that it will deliver a fuel economy of 39.2 mpg, up from the 25mpg of the current top-of-the-line engine.

The new 3.0 TDI quattro TDi engine delivers a total of 204 HP between 3,200 to 4,400rpm and 331 lb-ft of torque delivered between 1,250 to 2,750rpm. When equipped with this engine, the Q7 will make the 0 to 60 mph sprint in 9.1 seconds and will be able to hit a top speed of 127 mph. The new Audi Q7 3.0 TDI engine can be combined with the Standard, SE, S line, and new S line Plus specification levels.

The new Audi Q7 3.0 TDI models will be distinguished by 21-inch 5 segment-spoke alloy wheels, standard metallic paint, tinted privacy glass from the B-pillar rearwards, and running boards. The interior will get a more supple Verano leather upholstery, while the S-Line Plus package will include hard disk-based satellite navigation, Bluetooth phone preparation with online services giving access to Google Earth navigation mapping and a Wi-Fi hotspot for in-car internet access, an Audi Music Interface iPod connection linked to an upgraded speaker system, and the Audi Parking System Advanced with reversing camera.

On the British market, the new Q7 3.0 TDI is priced from £39,995 (about $62,300 at the current exchange rates).

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2011 Audi Q7 by MR Car Design

2011 Audi Q7 by MR Car Design

It seems that the Audi Q7 is gaining popularity among tuners lately as tuning packages for the SUV are just piling up. We’ve already featured the Wide Track by Project Kahn and the Audi Q7 V12 TDI Family Edition by Anderson Germany, and now we have yet another package for the Q7. This time, the package is based on the first generation Q7 and comes from MR Car Design.

Starting with a 2008 model, MR Car Design wanted to obtain the same look as with the new generation Q7. For this, the tuner added new daytime running lights, an LED indicator strip, 22-inch alloy wheels MRGT22 in 9.5 inch width, and Icebear W300 tires. The interior didn’t receive as much attention with only a new steering wheel as borrowed from the current Audi RS6.

The engine’s power, however, was given proper treatment with an ECU optimization and a new double-pack K & N air filter. These extra mods bump up the power from a standard 326hp to 374hp. The maximum torque also rises from 760 to 870 Nm. However, there’s no word yet as to how these increases will affect the SUV’s performance numbers.

Add the entertainment package from Project Kahn’s tuning package and we’d be just about sold!

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