German tuning studio nothelle pumped a little bit more fire under the 2007 Audi Q7‘s long hood. Besides offering a (surprisingly) modest appearance package for the executive crossover, the tuning specialist has also offered power upgrade program for the most popular engines currently available for the car. The program even includes the anemic 3.0-liter six-pot oil-burner, which is often ordered with the most affordable version of the Q7 only to cause acute seizures of buyer’s remorse later on when he or she has to overtake a truck on a busy rural road.
Originally created to compete against such long wheelbase monsters as the American Lincoln Navigator and Cadillac Escalade and the Japanese Infiniti QX, the German crossover that (with certain reservations) can seat seven passengers can now be made powerful enough to engage in a quarter-mile race with much faster, lighter and aggressive Porsche Cayenne Turbo.
And, with some serious effort, it can even win the game, too.
The secret, as banal as it sounds, is hidden under the hood. Literally.
Nothelle’s team of engineers created performance upgrade kits for the full range of engines that the Audi Q7 can be ordered with.
Those include the 3.6-liter VR6 FSI, and the aforementioned 3.0-liter V6 TDI, which gets its rated power output boosted from pretty unimpressive 233 bhp / 368 lb-ft to a lot more inspiring 300 bhp and 442 lb-ft respectively. Although the German tuner stays mum about the upgraded vehicle’s zero to 60 mph acceleration time, it is clear that extra 74 lb-ft of torque that are available as early as 2500 rpm, will make the huge car a lot more fun to drive both overtaking something slow and long on a busy road and burning some rubber at a traffic light.
What’s even better is that you don’t need to go all the way out installing new suspension and better brakes: the original hardware will handle the increase in power and torque pretty good.
But the most interesting is the one that installs on the top of the line gasoline-powered 4.2-liter FSI V8 engine.
Believe it or not, but with the kit installed, the gas guzzler gets its maximum power increased from original 350 hp to much more impressive 572 horsepower. And the available torque jumps from 320 lb-ft to enormous 531 lb-ft.
It is 130hp and 80 foot-pounds more than the Porsche Cayenne Turbo sports. Well, it must be noted, however, that the Cayenne is still a tad lighter and it has a number of aces up its sleeve, including a natural-born sports suspension that was designed for aggressive cornering.
As usual, the tuning program isn’t limited to engine performance, but also includes a new set of alloy wheels wrapped in low-profile rubber, as well as a plastic body kit with new front and rear bumper lip, side skirts and fender extensions.
Those who don’t like the car’s ‘layer cake’s’ looks and would prefer not to destroy the meager off-road abilities that the heavy crossover still has, fear not: when it’s ready, the upgrade kit will be split in stages, so you don’t really have to order the aero kit.