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Six new Audi RS models are on the way

Audi refreshes its portfolio as its go-faster division officially announces the release of six new RS models by the end of 2018. That’s quite a huge number of cars to develop simultaneously. Now, should main competitors BMW and Mercedes-Benz be wary of Audi’s upcoming projects?

Ex-Lamborghini boss, and now Audi Sport’s CEO, Stephan Winkelmann confirms this news in an interview with Car & Driver, just after saying that he was not interested in developing the Sports Quattro and had other things to focus on. He continues by saying that they are working on a crossover that is due in no time. Here, he refers to the upcoming Q-badged models that will top the current RS models.

So let us discuss these models one by one. Although Winkelmann did not specify which SUVs, it’s not that hard to guess. In fact, the company did mention in 2015 that an RS Q5 and Q7 would be a good idea. Other than that, they did release a concept earlier this month at the Geneva Motor Show, which they called the Q8 Sport Concept. Therefore, this may already be hinting at a possible RS version of the unreleased SUV.

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Urus test mule spotted at Munich airport was from Lamborghini dealer

A number of car enthusiasts have long wanted to have a peek at the Urus but Lamborghini is not giving in and continues to hide it from prying eyes. Thus when Rowan Horncastle of Top Gear revealed on Twitter an image of a possible test mule for the Urus, a lot of people were excited. From the photo, it looked to be a camouflaged test mule that was sitting idly at the Munich airport’s parking garage. However it has been revealed that it was not what it was believed to be as a Lamborghini dealer based in Nürnberg, Germany, said that they were the ones who created this model using a Q7. This was done in the hopes of building the hype for the Urus.

The mistake is not surprising considering that using design style of the Q7 does make sense as the Urus utilizes the same platform as that of the Audi. This is the MLB platform of the Volkswagen Group which is also used by the Porsche Cayenne and even the Bentley Bentayga. Using similar foundations in developing the new model, the engineering team can simply put on new parts on a model having the same chassis and immediately start testing.

While the final look has yet to be revealed, executives at Lamborghini did say that the new Urus will be fitted with the 4.8-liter biturbo V8 engine, possibly making it the fastest SUV there is. This same engine is already on the Porsche Panamera Turbo and has shown output of 404 kW (542 hp) with maximum torque of 770 Nm (568 lb.-ft.). There is a chance though that Lamborghini may still tune this to give it more power output. The same executives did disclose that for the production version of the Urus, its appearance will be almost similar to the concept already shown.

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2017 Audi Q7 gets 2.0-liter TFSI four-cylinder engine for US market

Starting early 2017, the new Audi Q7 will be available with the new 2.0-liter TFSI four-cylinder engine that makes it not only faster but also lighter and more efficient than the 3.0T-powered Q7 of the previous generation. Aside from better fuel efficiency, this new powertrain would mean savings of a few thousand dollars from the price tag of the new 2017 Audi Q7. The 2017 Audi Q7 2.0 T Quattro starts at $49,000 for the Premium trim and at $53,000 for the Premium Plus level.

This new turbocharged 2.0T engine provides up to 252 hp of output available between 5,000 rpm and 6,000 rpm, and up to 273 lb-ft of torque available between 1,600 rpm and 4,500 rpm. The four-cylinder engine is mated to the eight-speed Tiptronic transmission with quattro all-wheel drive.

Compared to the previous generation 2015 Audi Q7 3.0T V6 model, the 2017 Audi Q7 2.0T could reach the speed of 60 mph (from standstill) around half a second faster while delivering 22 percent better fuel efficiency. In fact, the new 2017 Audi Q7 2.0T is expected to boast an EPA-estimated fuel economy rating of 22 mpg city/highway and combined.

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Audi reportedly plans to buy back 25,000 Q7 SUVs sold in US that failed emissions criteria

German premium carmaker Audi is reportedly planning to buy back around 25,000 Audi Q7 SUVs powered by its 3.0-liter V6 TDI engine in the United States. The buyback should compensate owners in the US who bought Audi Q7s that failed to comply with exhaust emission standards.

According to a report by Der Spiegel, representatives from the German carmaker are currently holding discussions with authorities in the US about fixing 85,000 Audi vehicles powered by the emissions-cheating 3.0-liter V6 TDI engine. During preliminary discussions, it has been revealed that around 25,000 older generation cars from Audi cannot be fixed to make them fully compliant with pollution regulations. As such, Audi needs to buy them back.

Vehicles powered by the said 3.0-liter V6 TDI engine in the US include: VW Touareg (model years 2009-2016), Porsche Cayenne (MY 2013-2016), Audi A6 (MY 2014-2016), Audi A7 (MY 2014-2016), Audi A8, including the A8L (MY 2014-2016), Audi Q5 (MY 2014-2016), and Audi Q7 (MY 2009-2016). Initially, the US Environmental Protection Agency released a violation order for vehicles powered by this powerplant covering 2014-2016 model years.

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Audi is introducing a new S model from the Q7 model line powered by a V8 TDI (diesel) engine – dubbed the new Audi SQ7 TDI. Already a luxury SUV, the Q7 has been revised to feature a powerful sporty appearance and luxuriously comfortable interior and athletic diesel performance, resulting to the creation of the SQ7 TDI. The new SQ7 measures 5.07 meters (16.6 ft.) in length, which makes it about as long as the base model.

Interested clients could also avail of the optional driving dynamics package that entails three technology modules: sport differential, electromechanical active roll stabilization and all-wheel steering. Meanwhile, the SQ7 TDI employs a highly integrated suspension control unit serving as the central commence for the adjustable shock absorbers, the sport differential, roll force distribution, and the air springs.

The rolling of all relevant suspension functions into a central control unit has allowed developers to attain an optimal networking and coordination of these functions, thereby resulting to superb handling in any event. Of course, the SQ7 TDI is equipped with around 24 driver assistance systems.

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Audi expects that its new 2017 Audi Q7 will become the new benchmark for the luxury SUV segment. With its lightweight body and prominent design, this second generation SUV also sets new standards when it comes to infotainment systems and connectivity. This seven-passenger vehicle comes equipped with the latest in driver assistance technologies.

The main highlight of the 2017 Q7 is that it utilizes a new design language not just on the interior but on the exterior as well. Both the chassis and body are lightweight and they use an interesting mix of materials. For the interior, both drivers and passengers get to enjoy a different driving experience by combining the latest technology with simple and clean lines.

The dash has a double inlay design which can be customized to have interior LED lighting. It also includes the Bang & Olufsen 3D Advanced Sound System that’s exclusively offered in this segment. All these add to the interior’s luxurious feel. Unlike other systems, Bang & Olufsen gives a musical experience that can only be described as life-like with sound coming from 23 speakers, which include a pair of retractable acoustic lenses.

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The all-new Audi Q7 e-tron 3.0 TDI Quattro was introduced at the 2015 Geneva Motor and became the world’s first TDI plug in hybrid with Quattro drive. According to the manufacturer, the vehicle uses a 3.0-liter six-cylinder diesel engine and an electric motor that produce a total output of 373 hp (275 kW) and 700 Nm (516 lb-ft) of torque.

According to Audi, the diesel engine produces 258 hp (190 kW) and 600 Nm (442 lb-ft) of torque, while the disk-shaped electric motor provides 94 kW and 350 Nm (258 lb-ft) of torque. The hybrid system is able to push the Audi Q7 e-tron 3.0 TDI Quattro from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 6.0 seconds, while top speed is 225 km/h or 139.8 mph.

Moreover, the Q7 e-tron offers an all-electric range of up to 56 kilometres (34.8 miles). What’s more impressive is that according to ECE standard for plug-in hybrid vehicles, the Audi Q7 e-tron Quattro will need only 1.7 liters of diesel fuel per 100 km (138.4 US mpg), while CO2 emissions are less than 50 grams per km.

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After we saw the brand new RS3 Sportback, it is time to take a look at another brand new model: this is the 2016 Audi Q7! As you can see from the photos, the new Q7 follows the same design line as the previous model but is also inspired by the new models from Audi.

The front end is dominated by the Singleframe grille as well as by the LED headlights, while the rear end shows redesigned taillights inspired by those found on the previous model.

The interior shows a simple design, featuring a three-spoke steering wheel, a digital instrument cluster as well as a retractable display.

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Few leaked photos earlier this morning made Audi officially unveil the next-generation Q7, a vehicle that promises to set new standards in the premium SUV segment. According to the German manufacturer, the 2016 Audi Q7 has a curb weight of just 1,995 kg (4,938 lb), which makes it the lightest in its class and 325 kg (716 lb) lighter than the previous model.

The new Q7 is 5.05 meters (16.6 ft) long, has a 2.99 meter (9.8 ft) wheelbase, is 1.97 meters (6.5 ft) wide and 1.74 meters (5.7 ft) tall (with steel suspension). Lighter means fuel-efficient and the new Q7 will offer a 28% improvement for gasoline-powered models and 23% for diesel-powered models.

When it comes to design, the Singleframe grille is deeply sculpted and features thick crossbars, while the new headlights featuring either xenon, LED or Matrix LED technology make the vehicle masculine and determined.

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Audi decided in the last minute to drop the next-generation Q7 in favor on a emergency redesign and the German company is expected to unveil the new vehicle later this year. Still, there are people who love the current Audi Q7 and for them, the German carmaker unveiled two new versions: S line Style Edition and S line Sport Edition.

Available in the UK, the new S line Edition models are priced from S line Style Edition and S line Sport Edition. The 2014 Audi Q7 S line Style Edition is available as standard with a 3.0-litre V6 TDI 245 PS, but those who want the 4.2-litre V8 TDI with 340 PS can have it for £1,500. Moreover, the Q7 S line Style Edition comes with five-arm rotor design matt titanium-finish wheels, which replace the standard 21-inch five-segment-spoke alloy wheels.

Furthermore, the Q7 S line Style Edition features a more rugged look thanks to the offroad styling package which includes stainless steel underbody protectors and extended wheel arches flowing into special bumpers with modified lower sections. In the Edition models these are painted in body colour. Q7 S line Style Edition models include solid, metallic or pearl effect paint as standard in a choice of seven colours – Night black, Teak brown, Lava grey, Orca black, Graphite grey, Daytona grey or Scuba blue.

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It appears that the next-generation Audi Q7 will be delayed as the German manufacturer is planning an emergency redesign for the big SUV. According to MotorTrend, the early Q7 design was too brutal and ostentatious and was so negatively received.

MT also says that Wolfgang Durheimer a.k.a. Audi’s head of product development lost its job due to new Q7 design. The Q7 redesign will cost Audi $260 million and the delay of Q7’s launch. Regarding the new design, the Audi Q7 will get a new front end featuring company’s signature LED running lights, the new shield-shaped grille, new LED taillights as well as new crisp and clean lines.

Representing dynamism and road presence, the design of the Audi Q7 truthfully expresses its character. From its flowing surfaces to its coupé-like roofline as well as from its low window strip to its curved panel surfaces, the new Audi Q7 is loaded with its own distinct visual elements.

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The Audi e-Tron family is getting bigger, at least according to CarAdvice who says that the German manufacturer will build an electrified Q7 e-Tron. Same Australian website says that the new model will be shown before the current model will be replaced in 2015.

For those who don’t know, the e-tron story began with the Audi R8 e-Tron, but the model was axed back in May as the German carmaker announced that it will not produce it as it is not satisfied by the technology incorporated in the batteries and due to high costs. After this model, Audi presented the A1 e-Tron Concept and then the production A3 e-Tron.

The last model is powered by a 1.4-liter petrol engine which delivers 150 hp as well as by an electric motor developing 100 hp. Audi says that the A3 e-Tron has a fuel consumption of just 1.5 liters of fuel per 100 km. Regarding the Q7 e-Tron, Audi’s managing director in Australia, Mr. Andrew Doyle didn’t give any details about the powertrain combination which the big SUV will use.

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For the third instalment of Iron Man, Tony Stark will still be driving an Audi. This time, it will be an all-electric Audi R8 E-Tron prototype. In the first Iron Man movie in 2008, Stark drove a new R8 while in Iron Man 2, he sat behind the wheel of a R8 Spyder.

There had been rumors that plans to use an Audi R8 E-Tron for the third movie had been scrapped because of concerns related to weight and cost. But this report throws out those speculations. If the R8 E-Tron gets the go signal for it to enter production, it will be equipped with two electric motors that deliver 376 hp and 605 lb-ft of torque. In Iron Man 3, Stark’s girlfriend “Pepper” Potts will also be seen driving the Audi S7.

“Audi is excited to once again showcase the brand’s cutting edge technology and sleek design with the Audi R8 e-tron in Marvel’s Iron Man 3,” said Loren Angelo, General Manager of Brand Marketing for Audi of America. “This is a strategic collaboration for us. Similar to the position of the R8 as an innovation leader, Iron Man’s character consistently evolves throughout the trilogy as he masterminds new trends in technology and engineering.”

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Audi has commenced the production of its Q7 luxury-class sports utility vehicle at its Aurangabad plant in India. The plant will be building up to 1,000 units of the Audi Q7 annually to be marketed to the Indian market. The Audi Q7 will be the fourth model that the German carmaker will produce at its Aurangabad plant, after Audi A4, Audi A6 and Audi Q5.

The Audi Q7 will be produced in a newly built hall, covering a floor area of 20,000 square meters at the group plant Škoda Auto India Private Limited (SAIPL) in Aurangabad in the state of Maharashtra. Audi is also planning to produce the Audi Q3 at the same hall in mid-2013. Michael Perschke, Head of Audi India, remarked that the domestic production of the Q7 means Audi India is now producing a second Q model locally. He added that it will cut waiting times for customers and the company could offer a wider range of versions in the market.

Audi Q3, Q5 and Q7 SUV models have been experiencing growing demand from Indian customers, allowing the brand to post significant growth in the country. For the first 10 months of 2012, Audi posted a 55-percent increase in sales in India to 7,273 vehicles, effectively surpassing its record sales for whole of 2011, pegged at 5,511 units.

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Audi introduced today an entry-level model of the well-known Q7 SUV, powered by a 3.0-liter V6 TDI engine delivering 204 PS and 450Nm torque. Despite the output, the Audi Q7 is able to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 9.1 seconds and has a top speed of 127 mph or 204 km/h. As expected, the new diesel engine is also fuel-efficient and delivers 39.2mpg as well as 189g/km of CO2.

Just like the other Q7 models, the power developed by the engine is delivered to all our wheels in a 40% front to 60% rear ratio by the quattro permanent four-wheel-drive system. Moreover, the car offers the standard five-mode air suspension with its variable ground clearance of between 180mm and 240mm.

According to the manufacturer, four specification levels will be available for the Q7: Standard, SE, S line and the new S line Plus. The latter introduces 21-inch 5 segment-spoke alloy wheels, standard metallic paint, tinted privacy glass from the B-pillar rearwards and running boards. Moreover, we have a powered tailgate that boosts practicality.

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There was actually very little risk involved in Audi’s decision for the Q7 to go off-road, unlike the moves made for the BMW X5 and the Porsche Cayenne. Audi had already been making wagons and its specialty was quattro all-wheel drive. Audi added the Q5 and Q3 to the Q model lineup and is being urged to add two more in the future. Audi chairman Rupert Stadler said that even as the trend is moving towards models that are more compact, the crossovers continue to sell like “hotcakes.”

Still, this model needs some updating and it would have to drop some of the weight to keep up with the new models. Automotive Magazine reported that the luxury Ingolstadt SUV will be using an extensive amount of aluminum.

It will be built on the platform that the Volkswagen Touareg and Porsche Cayenne also use. These two SUVs dropped about 400 pounds (181 kg) but Audi wants to reduce its weight more. A source said that the next generation of Q7, which arrives in 2012 as a 2013 model year, will shed 650 pounds (295 kg).

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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.

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In the next few months, Audi AG will release two limited edition models to boost its exclusivity and to raise its competitiveness against BMW AG in the luxury market. Sales chief Peter Schwarzenbauer said that in Russia next month, Audi will debut a Q7 sport-utility vehicle with a two-tone exterior. This vehicle has a price tag of 200,000 euros ($285,000).

This June, Audi will also start to sell the R8 V10 Pure Sport in the United Arab Emirates. This vehicle costs 500,000 dirhams ($136,000). In an interview, Schwarzenbauer said that Audi aims to tailor cars to their particular markets and that the company expects much from the limited special editions. In fact, Audi is overhauling its high-performance Quattro unit so that it’s able to build a larger number of exclusive models as well as made-to-order vehicles.

Typically, these vehicles have higher profit margins. The Quattro unit, which is named after Audi's four-wheel drive technology, is overseeing Audi’s efforts to sell products that carry its name and logo. Schwarzenbauer revealed that Audi has set a target to double its share of customized vehicles and reach 20% of global sales by 2015 as part of its bigger plan to beat BMW and take its place as the largest luxury-car maker. Audi is currently contemplating making special editions available to the U.K. and U.S. too. Kevin Tynan, an automotive analyst at Bloomberg Industries, said that with these halo cars, the brand is able to show new designs and engineering.

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The tuning specialists at Project Kahn have just revealed the new kit for the Audi 2011 Q7 model. The SUV has been subjected to aggressive customization, giving it several strong features that are as comparable to what’s being offered on the market.

The Kahn Q7 Widebody Aerodynamic Styling Package features Wide Wheel Arches, Front Wings with Vents, Front Spats, Rear Bumper, Exhaust Trims and Rear Roof Wing. The package is a good fit for the factory panel lines, while also resulting to a sportier feel.

The feature that’s likely to get a lot of attention are the aesthetic large-dynamiter wheels. On the inside of the vehicle, we see exclusive features such as Black Perforated Nappa Leather on all 7 seats with Maranello Red Seat Stripes, White Speedo and Red Rev Counter, Door Entry Sill Plates, and Machined Aluminum Foot Pedals. Having the complete Kahn branded entertainment package, which features two headrest mounted 7″ TFT screens, will give passengers a “touch of luxury.”

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Audi announced today that a new engine for the Q7 family will be available, a retuned version of the popular 3.0-liter V6 diesel engine.

According to the manufacturer, the new engine delivers 150 kW (204 hp) and delivers an impressive fuel consumptions of just 7.2 liters of diesel per 100 km (32.67 miles per U.S. gallon). Still, the engine is mated to an eight-speed tiptronic and quattro permanent all-wheel drive.

Regarding its performances, the Q7 can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 9.1 seconds and has a top speed of 205 km/h (127.38 mph) with the optional air suspension and 202 km/h (125.52 mph) with steel suspension.

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