We sampled a rolling showcase of everything MTM can do for Audi’s Q7 to turn it into the ultimate Q-ship — a seven-passenger stealth bomber. Up front the 4.2-liter FSI engine inhales through a supercharger and air-to-water intercooler, then exhales through a new stainless low-restriction exhaust, moving enough air to provide a nice round 500 horsepower. Reversing that thrust are MTM-badged Brembo six-piston front and four-piston rear calipers chomping upsized rotors (15-inch front/14-inch rear), framed nicely by giant 21-inch nine-spoke MTM-Bimoto rims shod in Dunlop Sport Maxx tires, size 295/35R21. The electronic air suspension is reprogrammed to ride a bit lower and handle a bit crisper, and the bodywork is dressed up with new fascias, side skirts, and gently flared wheel lips. Inside, blue-suede inserts adorn all seats and door panels, and the front headrests each house a 10.2-inch DVD or gaming monitor. All in, the upgrades on this full-catalog ‘ute would add roughly $50,000 to the $62K-77K price of a Q7 4.2.
So how does it work? Considerably better than many of the amped-up ‘utes some tuners have inflicted on the idle rich. The extra 150 horses are instantly felt as a lag-free surge from rest or a warp-jump from cruising speeds. In the latter case, the six-speed automatic abets with instantaneous downshifts from sixth to third or second, as appropriate. (On a couple occasions, the downshift felt a bit harsh, however.) Equally important, when the adrenaline subsides, the blown 4.2 is willing to step off smoothly and gently, shifting comfortably. This is the part many tuners miss.
Source: Motor Trend