Audi Q7

Audi Q7

  The Audi Q7 was introduced in 2006 in order to give the Cayenne a run for its money. Based off the same platform as the Porsche and VW Touareg, the luxury SUV from Audi makes use of the German automaker's TDI technology with everything from a gas burning 280 HP 3.6 Liter V6 and a 4.2 Liter V8 making 350 HP to a diesel pumping 3.0 Liter diesel V6 making 225 HP with a few more MPG while the top of the line Audi Q7 is powered by a 500 HP 6.0 Liter turbo diesel V12.

In a time when people weren’t concerned about the gas price, the Audi Q7 was one of the best sold models in the luxury SUV market. But the crisis has come, regulations have changed and in order not to loose their clients Audi needs to change strategy. And they will with the next generation Q7 that will be both smaller and lighter. In short: more economical.

The second generation Audi Q7 set to be unveiled in 2013 will be built on the same platform as the new Volkswagen Touareg and Porsche Cayenne . Thanks to a new construction process that will include intense use of aluminum, the Q7 will be about 650 lbs. However, despite these changes the Q7 will still be bigger than both Touareg and Cayenne.

Under the hood Audi will opt for smaller engines, including the possibility of hybrid version.

Also, a while ago it was rumored that Audi will consider a XXL version of the Q7, but now Audi chairman Rupert Stadler said this is not a possibility. At least right now.

Updated 02/22/2012: The upcoming generation Audi Q7 has been caught testing for the first time.

It seems that the Audi Q7 is gaining popularity among tuners lately as tuning packages for the SUV are just piling up. We’ve already featured the Wide Track by Project Kahn and the Audi Q7 V12 TDI Family Edition by Anderson Germany , and now we have yet another package for the Q7. This time, the package is based on the first generation Q7 and comes from MR Car Design .

Starting with a 2008 model, MR Car Design wanted to obtain the same look as with the new generation Q7. For this, the tuner added new daytime running lights, an LED indicator strip, 22-inch alloy wheels MRGT22 in 9.5 inch width, and Icebear W300 tires. The interior didn’t receive as much attention with only a new steering wheel as borrowed from the current Audi RS6 .

The engine’s power, however, was given proper treatment with an ECU optimization and a new double-pack K & N air filter. These extra mods bump up the power from a standard 326hp to 374hp. The maximum torque also rises from 760 to 870 Nm. However, there’s no word yet as to how these increases will affect the SUV’s performance numbers.

Add the entertainment package from Project Kahn’s tuning package and we’d be just about sold!

Project Kahn knows a thing or two about tuning up LandRover models, but what started off a major LandRover project has spread like wildfire to include makes such asPorsche , Mercedes , Bentley , and now Audi . This time, the British tuner turned their attention to the brand new 2011 Audi Q7 . The model already received an impressive facelift from the factory, but the package offered by Afzal Kahn, emphasizes the already clean and beautiful look of the SUV.

While there were no modifications made to the engine, the widebody aerodynamic styling package includes modifications such as wide wheel arches, front wings with vents, front spats, rear bumper, exhaust trims, and a rear roof wing.

For the interior, the tuner is offering black perforated Nappa Leather on all seven seats with maranello red seat stripes, a white speedo and red rev counter, door entry sill plates, and machined aluminum foot pedals. And, in order to keep the rear passengers entertained, the tuner is also offering a complete Kahn branded entertainment package, which includes two headrest mounted 7" TFT screens, DVD player, wireless infrared headphones, and a remote control.

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.

Details after the jump.

Do you remember theRange 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).

Press release after the jump.

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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.

Hit the jump to see the list.

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.

Specifications after the jump.

Source: Quattroworld

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!

Source: Motortrend

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.

Press release after the jump.

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