Audi Q7 will lose the V12 and V8 TDI engines! More potent V6 on its way!

Article by Christian Andrei, on May 24, 2011

Audi has decided to throw out its V12 TDI version of the Q7. It wasn’t such a good idea in the first place since gas prices have been rising and large SUVs should now only come with efficient and torquey diesel engines.

A report from states that the model hasn’t had high sales and it hadn’t done anything to improve Audi’s image but what sealed its fate was that Audi will soon offer a new V6 TDI that was tuned up to offer comparable performance.

It is believed to debut on the new A6; however, some sources say that it will be seen first on the S6. The new V6 TDI is expected to eventually replace most V8 TDIs. What Audi accomplished is impressive, considering that the Q7 V12 TDI has a sportscar-like output of 500 hp and 1,000 Nm of torque (737 lb-ft) from a six-liter capacity.

It enables the car to accelerate from zero to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 5.5 seconds and it can reach an electronically limited maximum speed of 250 km/h (155 mph). When the V12 diesel was first presented in 2008, it was expected to be groundbreaking in the diesel segment. Back then, tests were being done on a R8 supercar that featured the same unit.

Power and presence are qualities you come to expect from Audi. The Q7 delivers this and continues Audi's strong performance in the SUV market. Delivering flowing surfaces on the coupé-like roofline, the Q7 resembles a moving sculpture. The low window strip and the tautly curved panel surfaces are distinctive visual features and the outlines are sporty, classy, and powerful.

The Audi Q7 has the following dimensions: length of 5.09 meters (16.70 ft), width of 1.98 meters (6.50 ft), and height of 1.74 meters (5.71 ft). The 3 meter (9.84 ft) wheelbase creates a generous and luxurious amount of space inside. A highlight of its front-end styling is the large single-frame grille with chromed surround, and the headlamps. Offered as an option is a xenon plus version with LED daytime driving lights and LED flashers, or an adaptive light version with integrated turning and cornering lights together with low, full and highway beams.

Standard LEDs in the rear lights create a unique lighting pattern. The tailgate, which encompasses the rear roof posts in an S-shaped outline, are styled with an aluminum hood and front fenders. More parts are available in a contrasting color as standard, or, if preferred, in the same color as the body.

The Audi Q7 gets a high-gloss finish and some of its optional extras include the black styling package or the aluminum-look exterior package, which consists of an all-round chrome trim strip on the bumpers, door capping and the door handles which gives the Audi Q7 an even more elegant appearance. The optionally available S line exterior package also emphasizes the SUV's sporty characteristics.

The Audi Q7 boasts a ton of flexibility options with a total of 27 different seat configurations. Dependent on what the customer wants, Audi can build a five-, six- or seven-seat version of the SUV.

The seven seat version delivers outstanding comfort with a row of single rear seats and a third row of seats at the back that can fit passengers who are as tall as 1.60 meters (5.25 ft) tall. If you need to increase the Q7's load capacity, the second row of seats can be folded down, creating a level cargo floor and modifying the load capacity from a satisfying volume of 775 liters (27.37 cubic ft) to an astonishing 2,035 liters (71.87 cubic ft).

As with all Audi controls, the operation remains simple and logical. The instruments are clearly labelled and not at all difficult to read. The driver and front passenger are given a choice of three seat types: standard seats, electrically adjustable sport seats and climatized luxury seats which can be both heated and ventilated as per the driver's wishes. Elegant lines throughout the interior provide many subtle details which maintain the feeling of comfort you come to expect from an Audi. These details include gentle ambient lighting and a fine chrome trim on many of the control elements. These are features which everyone has come to expect from Audi as it continues to build on its vision of quality without compromise.

The choice of interior colors and materials continues to emphasize the distinguished characteristics of the Q7. There are a variety of leather grades, head linings and inlays available, and for the individualist there are leather and design packages to suit all styles. The S line sports package for example carries cool black finish throughout the interior, with subtle accents in the trim and upholstery. It also comes with a set of wheels sized 20 inches and a sports suspension.

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