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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
When it comes to tuning large SUVs, the Audi Q7 has become somewhat of a car tuner’s favorite. Fittingly enough, a new customization program for the Q7 has been made by ENCO Exclusive, a tuner that has the capability to give your SUV the style of the V12 top model.
To do that, ENCO Exclusive added a giant radiator grill, a matte-black carbon fiber ENCO GT bonnet with ventilation slits and 23-inch wheels painted with the unmistakable “black chrome” finish.
The interior also received bronze carbon look applications on the dashboard, middle console, door coverings and in the newly-designed sports steering wheel. There is also a multimedia system with DVB-T tuner on-board for a terrestrial digital television, a DVD player, a game console and a head rest monitor in each of the two front seat.
The German automaker Audi is working off the old maxim: “If you ain’t new, you’re through.” So only three years into the Q7’s life cycle Audi has given their premium full size SUV a face lift. Don’t worry if you can’t see the difference, because you’re not the only one. On the outside the new Q7 wears a slightly restyled grill, lights, mirrors, rocker panels and a new rear hatch. Meanwhile most of the new car’s interior remains much the same with the most noticeable upgrades being a few new wood bits and an upgraded satellite navigation system with a state of the art processor that is capable of delivering real life 3-D style maps and displays.
Audi hasn’t messed with the engine lineup for the U.S. market either with the 280 HP 3.6 Liter V6 and the 350 HP 4.2 Liter gas burning V8 as well as the 225 HP 3.0 Liter diesel V6 will power the North American Q7 range. Unfortunately for domestic luxury truck buyers the top of the line 500 HP 6.0 Liter V12 TDI remain a Europe only model. The 2010 Audi Q7 will be offered in three different trim levels: Premium, Premium Plus and Prestige, with prices ranging from $46,900 to $61,000.
ABT Sportline revealed today a tuning package for the Q7 3.0 TDI diesel SUV. With the use of the ABT Power technology, the engine’s output is raised to 278 hp and 580 Nm.
The Q7 also gets ABT Performance Springs and ABT Sports brake systems side rails, rear aprons, fender extensions, 4-pipe exhaust units and exhaust tailpipe end caps. The SUV sits on dynamic BR alloys in 9x20 and 10x22 inch wheels.
The German aftermarket specialists at Senner Tuning are more commonly known for wrenching away on sports cars like the Audi R8 and Nissan 370Z , however a few larger cars like Audi’s Q7 have caught the tuner’s attention and are benefiting from the new relationship. Starting out under the hood, Senner’s high performance specialists have tuned the 4.2 Liter V8 engine to produce a total of 374 HP and 347 lb-ft of torque with some software upgrades and a new high performance exhaust out back. Afterwards Senner added a new electronic lowering module that lowers the Q7 by almost two inches, placing the body right on top of the high performance SUV’s new 22 inch RS-Silver alloys.