The Audi Q7 V12 TDI is already one of the most powerful SUVs on the market these days so it would seem a little over-the-top for somebody to decide to bump up the Q7’s power even more. Fortunately, aftermarket companies like Anderson Germany don’t really pay attention to these types of suggestions because they went out and got the meanest and most powerful variant of the Q7 SUV.
We all know that the base form of this Q7 variant already comes with a V12 TDI engine that produces an insane 500 horsepower. Anderson Germany, however, decided that 500 still wasn’t enough, so they went out and modded the SUV to their specifications.
On top of the engine upgrade, the tuning company also gave the Q7 a nice exterior and interior dress-up full of carbon fiber, interior leather, and Alcantara, and as an added option, a matching child seat – if you have one that is.
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Do you remember the Range Rover Sport Supercharged RS600 unveiled at the beginning of the year? Project Kahn was able to take the luxury SUV to an incredible 600hp all while making some exquisite exterior and interior changes. Their newest project, an Audi Q7 SUV, may not promise the same power boost - or any for that matter - as the Range Rover, but it did borrow those inspirational looks from its brethren to get the same heart-pumping results.
At first glance, you can immediately notice the Pearl Soft White Paint and the 22" KAHN RS-X Wheels. Upon closer inspection, Project Kahn’s changes materialize in the form of a KAHN wide arched body kit including vented front wings, as well as the KAHN welcome lights and panoramic glass roof. Go inside the vehicle and Kahn’s quilted leather interior with red stitching jumps out at you like a beautiful girl out of a giant birthday cake. The red accent color joins a subdued cream color in the Kahn red and white speedometer and rev counter, as well as in the dials of the car.
When unveiling the package for the Q7, CEO of Project Kahn, Afzal Kahn, said: "Customizing your existing car, is a great alternative, cost effective way for owners to upgrade". The price for the kit is £12,000 (around $19,000 at the current exchange rates). We don’t exactly know how cost effective these changes are, but the end result sure is worth it.
Audi has added a new version to its 2011 Q7 line-up. The new Q7 3.0 TDI Quattro delivers a total of 204 HP and has a fuel consumption of 32.67 mpg. In Germany the new model is priced at 51,800 euros (around $72,000 at the current exchange rates).
The new 3.0 liter V6 engine weighs far less than 440.92 lb and extensive measures minimize internal friction. Innovative thermal management – a new feature of many Audi engines – is particularly complex in the 3.0 TDI. The crankcase and the cylinder heads have separate cooling water circuits; coolant is not circulated within the block while the engine is warming up. This engine comes equipped with a eight-speed tiptronic transmission.
Equipped with the new engine, the Q7 will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 9.1 seconds and will hit a top speed of 127 mph (with an optional air suspension).
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As useless as they might seem to some people, the luxury full size vehicle segment is one that is a fairly large seller in the United States. The ability to travel off the road – in most cases -, haul a family and cargo, and ride around in the lap of luxury is the quintessential American dream.
That might have been a lie, as America’s offerings in the luxury SUV market aren’t all that good compared to the rest of the world. That doesn’t mean that the U.S is lagging behind though. It might not be great, but the Cadillac Escalade is the king of bling and one of the most recognizable vehicles on the road.
So, what sort of characteristics do we look for in these monsters of the road? Obviously, they need to look good because, after all, that’s what matters most with these things. The motors need to be strong and fuel efficient, the interiors need to be built and laid out well, and they need to be able to travel in the rough stuff. There is no price cap for these vehicles.
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Every once in awhile, a random Facebook message or Twitter allows us to see a new tuning package before the tuning firm officially releases details on it. This time, a "tweet" from the tuning firm itself has announced a couple of new packages for Audi. SR Auto Group of British Columbia has announced the debut of the "Military" themed Audi R8 and Q7. Both models are painted in a "Militar Grey" exterior paint derived from the camouflage element used by war units. Also, both models feature PPI products throughout as well as some notable performance upgrades.
The R8 model gets the usual front bumper, front lip, side skirts, rear diffuser, and front grill, all in carbon fiber. The tuner has also added carbon front intake grill inserts and a carbon side blade overlay. The Q7 gets a carbon fiber wide body aero package and an HID xenon dual fog lamp system. No major modifications have been made to the interior.
The R8 sits on 20" wheels painted in Satin Black Finish and the Q7 sits on 22" wheels painted in matte black. Both models come with a new exhaust system and the R8 also receives a ECM Upgrade. There are no details yet of how the performances have been changed.
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It seems that Audi has learned a very important lesson: big cars are no longer the future! An Ingolstadt source has reported that the new Audi A8 will be the last model to come out larger than the vehicle that precedes it. Starting with the next generation Q7, Audi will focus on a smaller, less aggressively styled SUV.
The Q7 sales have seen a significant drop in 2009 and, lets face it with the price of gasoline lately, no one needs a gas guzzler! In Europe, more than anywhere else, the Q7 has had no success among customers. The trend where the size of your car was everything is no longer relevant. Clients are now interested in fuel economy. So Audi is planning on offering two versions for the future Q7: an XXL seven-seater for China, the Middle East, and North America and a relatively compact five-seater for Europe and the rest of the world. Will these plans help out with sales? Audi isn’t sure so concrete plans are being held off until the company has a better idea for potential sales.
Audi is currently analyzing two options. Their first option is using a high-strength steel platform that would reduce the Q7’s weight by a maximum of 550 pounds. Unfortunately, this is not enough to reduce fuel consumption. Their second option is using an all-new aluminum space frame architecture that will reduce weight by almost 1100 pounds, but this is very expensive. So, what will they finally do? We’ll have to wait and see!
The German tuner Je Design have turned their attention to the Audi Q7 S-Line and are offering a tuning package that includes a muscular wide body kit, performance enhancement, new rims, and an electronically lowered suspension.
The exterior kit includes headlamp lens caps and a new tailgate skirt attachment which incorporates diamond-shaped openings on the right and left. Also featured is a wing spoiler tail fin including a C-pillar trim. The package is finished by 22" wheels offered in four color versions.
If this package sounds and looks a little familiar to anyone, it’s because Je Design has already applied these features on the Audi Q7 before. Back in 2007, Je Design got their hands on the Q7 and added the widebody kit plus what looks to be the same exterior kit. This isn’t so much a different interpretation of the Audi Q7 so much as a reiteration of a kit they provided years ago.
The Je Design Q7 S-Line also gets an electronically lowered suspension. The tuner did not release any details on the SUV’s new specifications, but we can safely assume they will at least provide the same 500hp provided in the kit used in 2007.
No originality here.
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PPI Design, along with its owner Dr. Benjamin Abraham, has celebrated their fifth anniversary by creating the Audi Q7 ICE GT. This celebratory vehicle will mark the company’s first five years in the tuning world and, in an effort to mark this momentous occasion, the company has decided to give the Audi Q7 a grandiose tuning program limited to only five units. Talk about limited edition.
The program starts off with a complete body kit featuring a new front bumper, hood, and rear spoiler. Several of the vehicle’s parts can be made in matte silver, matte blue, and carbon fiber. The Audi Q7 ICE GT can sit on a choice of 22” or 23” wheels and PPI Design has provided, as an option, a ceramic brake system and ceramic brake pads.
An interesting design choice on the Audi Q7 is the Nubbuk leather head liner provided by PPI. The headliner is accented by ICE blue and fluorescent pearl white lines that run from front to back. The blue and white motif extends throughout the cabin. The interior will also receive are aluminum pedals, aluminum door sills, a PPI steering wheel, a refrigerator in the center console, and two pillows. If you are confused about why there are two pillows in the Audi then maybe it is time to inform you of the two screens that project the images for the in-car entertainment system. Not a creative addition, but a must have nowadays.
The price for this tuned-up Audi Q7 is between € 200,000 and € 275,000 depending on the options.
The largest model in Audi’s line-up is entering the 2011 model year with a choice of three new V6 engines (two gasoline and one diesel) and an 8-speed tiptronic transmission and that’s about the only thing that has changed.
The entry level is powered by a supercharged V6 engine that develops a total of 272 HP and 295.02 lb-ft of toque. Audi used this engine choice to trumo the 4.2L V8 previously used in this model. It makes the 0 to 60 mph sprint in 7.9 seconds and gives it a top speed of 137.94 mph. The more powerful version, the 3.0 TFSI delivers 333 HP 324.53 lb-ft of torque. It makes the 0 to 60 mph sprint in 6.9 seconds and can hit a top speed of 150 mph.
The diesel version, 3.0 TDI, delivers a total of 240 HP and 405.66 lb-ft of torque. It accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 7.9 seconds and reaches its top speed at 133.59 mph. All the engines are mated to an eight-speed tiptronic transmission.
Aesthetically speaking, the Audi Q7 does not look much different than the previous model. Audi boasts sporty, strong, and elegant lines on the 2011 model and, albeit true, not much different than before.
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You know what are the advantages of being a police officer? After catching the bad guys - especially those that have sweet rides - you can also use their, uhm...so-called ’assets’ like, say, a £40,000 Audi Q7 TDI tuned by Abt Sportsline. Once the car of a criminal gang from Glasgow is now being used as a patrol car. Yeah, we saw that coming.
According to Chief Constable John Neilson: "I would say to the criminals that what you have this week; your houses, your cars - you might not have next week. The hard working, law abiding citizens need to know that we are hurting those involved in serious and organized crime where it matters - their pockets. These criminals are fast realizing that they are not above the law. They may think that they are getting away with it, but we are determined to make a long-term impact in this area."
And as proof that Chief Constable Neilson talks the talk, check out that ’confiscated’ AS7 that’s been turned into a patrol vehicle. Looks good in its new digs, doesn’t it?