|aka||Q7 V12 TDI|
|Body Style||5-door, 7-seat SUV|
|Length||200.2 in (5085 mm)|
|Width||78.1 in (1984 mm)|
|Height||65 in (1650 mm)|
|Wheelbase||118.2 in (3002 mm)|
|Weight||4950 lb (2245 kg)|
|Transmission||6-speed automatic, RWD
6-speed automatic, AWD
|Engine||4.2 litre V8|
3.0 litre TDI V6
3.6 litre (3597 cc) FSI V6
3.0 litre TDI V6
|Power||350 hp @ N/A 6800|
325 lb-ft of torque @ 3500 rpm
255 hp @ N/A rpm
N/A lb-ft of torque @ N/A rpm
280 hp @ 6200 rpm
266 lb-ft of torque @ 2750 rpm
500 hp (368 kW) @ N/A rpm
737.56 lb-ft (1000 Nm) of torque @ N/A rpm
|Designer||Walter da Silva|
The Audi Q7 is a full-size luxury crossover SUV designed by Audi. The Q denotes a new family of vehicles for Audi, designated the 7 in its placement between the A6 and A8. The Q7 is available now, sharing its platform with the VW Touareg and Porsche Cayenne. Based on the Pikes Peak Quattro concept car, the Q7 is designed more for on-road use than its Volkswagen cousin. It lacks the Touareg's locking differentials and low-range transfer case but gains a third-row seating option. The production model was unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show in January, 2006.
Audi's 350 hp (261 kW), 325 ft·lbf (441 N·m) 4.2 L (4163 cc) V8 and 280 hp (209 kW) 3.6 L V6 engines will be offered, with a 233 hp (174 kW) Diesel V6 making up the bulk of the sales in Europe. Rumors point to a high performance variant of the SUV, possibly the QS7, launched later as well.
Insider rumors suggest that Audi and Maserati will be teaming up with Frederik Laboyrie a key mechanic at Noble to enhance the Audi "quattro" state of the art all wheel drive for the Maserati 4.2 V8 engine and platform of the Quattroporte. Audi would also be building the Maserati Kubang SUV on its already shared platform of the Q7.
In early 2005, Nissan sued Audi over the use of the letter "Q" as a model name. Audi is using the "Q" for the designation of Quattro, all wheel drive, that it has been placed in production cars for over twenty-five years. Nissan's Infiniti marque had been using Q as the name for sedans (the Q45) and SUVs (the QX4 and QX56) since 1989.
The air suspension settings, along with many other features, can be changed via the MMI interface.
See Autopedia's comprehensive Audi Q7 Review.
- 1 Recent Changes
- 2 Styles and Major Options
- 3 Pricing
- 4 Gas Mileage
- 5 Engine and Transmission
- 6 Performance
- 7 Reliability
- 8 Safety
- 9 Photos
- 10 Colors
- 11 Main Competitors
- 12 Hybrid Models
- 13 Unique Attributes
- 14 Interior
- 15 Resale Values
- 16 Criticisms
- 17 Generations
- 18 Current Generation: (2006–present)
- 19 Worldwide
- 20 Design quirks and oddities
- 21 Awards
- 22 See also
- 23 External links
Recent Changes[edit | edit source]
- On Apr 14, 2009, Audi unveiled the Q7's first mid-cycle facelift on the internet. Aesthetically, the changes are very subtle, with exterior tweaks focused only on lighting, tailgate and paint colors. The headlamps, taillamps and foglamps are now completely decked in LEDs while the front and rear bumpers receive a subtle re-sculpting. Inside, the new Q7 is more of the same, albeit, the trim has been updated with more wood. The biggest news for the refresh however is the introduction of the third generation MMI infotainment system which now features 3D Navigation, a joystick controller and Voice Command. Under the hood, again, the Q7 is unchanged for the US market. That said, the optional 4.2-liter TDI V8, available only for the EU market, gets a power upgrade to 340 hp and 560 lb-ft of torque and a 2.6 mpg improvement in fuel consumption. 
- Audi has announced a range-topping variant of the Q7 called the Q7 V12 TDI for 2008/2009. This new model will be equipped with a 6.0 litre TDi Diesel V12 that pumps out 500 hp and a massive 1000 Nm of torque. Obviously, to differentiate from the pedestrian "regular" Q7 cosmetic changes abound. This super SUV has larger airdams to facilitate cooling topped by single rows of LEDs, carbon ceramic brakes peer through 21 inch wheels, Alcantara adorning the headliner, TV screens breaking up acres of leather, carbon fibre trim replace wood and a Bang & Olufsen sound system. 
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Q7 V12 TDI
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Hybrid Models[edit | edit source]
Audi used to be developing a hybrid version of the Q7. Remaining a concept, details have since been released during Audi’s TechDay 2007 seminar in late august of that year .
The powertrain would be a parallel hybrid system utilizing a 34 kW three-phase synchronous electric motor connected to a 280 hp (206 kW) 3.6L V6 FSI petrol engine through a separating clutch. The electric motor produces an extra 285Nm (210 lb-ft) of torque, and can can run up to 50 km/h for a distance of two kilometers, in addition to the internal combustion engine’s 375Nm (277 lb-ft). 100 km/h runs are reached in 7.6 seconds and acceleration from 60 to 120 km/h in fifth gear is just under 12 seconds. Although the vehicle will weigh 2,480 kg, average fuel-consumption has been tapped at 24mpg (9.8L/100 km).
The project was canned in August 2008.
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Design quirks and oddities[edit | edit source]
Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay is one of the owners of the Audi Q7.
In the Top Gear Winter Olympics, an Audi Q7 TDI was driven by James May in a biathlon and has beaten Jeremy Clarkson's Volvo XC90.
Awards[edit | edit source]
- 2007 National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council Secure By Design award
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