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2021 Audi SQ7 piles on the power, luxury and tech

Audi's well-rounded Q7 now has en extra dash of performance.

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This is Audi's latest performance SUV, the SQ7.

It packs a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 with 500 horsepower and 568 pound-feet of torque.

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That engine is backed by an eight-speed automatic gearbox and standard rear-biased Quattro all-wheel drive.

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That's a ton of power, but the three-row SUV is hardly a lightweight, starting at just under 5,300 pounds before options.

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The SQ7 delivers some of the industry's best cabin tech as well as nice materials and exceptional build quality.

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The whole interior is nicely appointed.

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Audi's MMI Touch Response infotainment tech is top-notch stuff.

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The SQ7 lines up against larger-engine variants of the BMW X7 and Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class.

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The SQ7 would make a great road-trip machine.

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The SQ7 sounds great -- particularly from the outside -- but it'd be nice if the switchable exhaust had an even louder mode at times.

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Audi quotes a 0-60-mph time of just 4.3 seconds. It wasn't that long ago that that was R8 sports car territory.

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Best to leave the third-row seats folded when not in use, as there's not too much room back there.

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Pricing starts at $85,795 including destination for a 2020 model, but this top-shelf Prestige model rings up at $99,390 as tested.

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If you don't hear it coming, you can tell the SQ7 from lesser Q7s in part by this special dual-round-tip exhaust setup.

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The rear diffuser is different versus four- and six-cylinder Q7 models, as well.

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Keep scrolling for more photos of the 2021 Audi SQ7.

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