Audi’s hotter three-row SUV tries to be many things. On the one hand, it’s the practical Q7 we already know; on the other, there’s a 4.0-liter V8 with 500 horsepower and 568 lb-ft of torque on tap. It adds up to a family hauler that can do 0-60 in 4.3 seconds and hit 155 mph. Oh, and tow 7,700 pounds if required.
All-wheel steering, where the rear wheels can pivot up to 5 degrees, is included by standard, as is S-tuned adaptive air suspension. Optional is a Sport package, which adds active roll stabilization and a Quattro sport rear differential. That can prioritize torque to the left or right rear wheels, as traction needs vary.
Outside, it’s a fairly subtle styling upgrade: tweaks to the grille and lower fascia, a new rear diffuser, quad tailpipes, and 21-inch wheels as standard. An optional Black Optic pack leaves things looking a little more menacing. Inside, meanwhile, there’s Audi’s latest dual-touchscreen infotainment system, S Sport seats with Valcona leather, and five LATCH points.