Pricing for the 2011 Audi Q7 models has been released. The order books for these models have already been opened and deliveries will start in the UK in June. The latest Q7 is featured with a new eight-speed tiptronic transmission, as well as new supercharged and turbocharged engines to improve fuel economy by up to 19%.
Prices for the new Q7 start from £40,130 OTR for the 240PS 3.0TDI quattro version. Prices for the 340PS 4.2 TDI quattro model go up to £54,050 OTR.
These new power units are intended to replace the naturally aspirated 3.6-litre FSI and 4.2-litre FSI petrol units, which are the two versions of the supercharged 3.0-litre TFSI engine. Both versions are able to achieve a combined cycle fuel economy figure of 26.4 mpg and a CO2 output of 249g/km.
The first one is able to generate 272PS and a 40Nm torque which makes a sprint from a standstill to 60mph achievable in 7.9 seconds, and to go further on to hit a top speed of 140 mph.
The second one produces 333PS and 440Nm of torque, enabling the Q7 to reach 62mph from zero in 6.9 seconds, and to achieve a top speed of 152mph. The new eight-speed transmission improves fuel economy by around 5%. The transmission is based on the original six-speed tiptronic but actually has another friction-clutch shift element added.
Drivers can choose between D and S modes, or make their own gear shifts in manual mode via the gear lever or the optional steering-wheel paddles. Power is transmitted to the four driven wheels through the quattro permanent all-wheel-drive system.
Three trim levels will be offered for the Q7 model range -- Standard, SE and S line options. These are offered for the 3.0 TFSI 272PS and V6 TDI models, while the 3.0 TFSI 333PS and V8 TDI versions are available only in SE or S line form.