Audi Q7

From Audi press: The Audi Q7 crossover continues to set new standards in the sport utility vehicle (SUV) segment. It ingeniously combines sportiness and versatility, sophisticated technology and the luxury of a premium-class vehicle.

The Audi Q7 brings the new design language of the Audi brand to the premium SUV segment. Its elegant styling represents power and presence and relays its dynamism and sportiness. Flowing forms create a body of moving surfaces, which appear sculpture-like even when standing still.

The Audi Q7 is a new breed of SUV. The first representatives of this vehicle category were angular beasts with a strictly off-road character. These were followed by the first premium SUVs, with a design clearly oriented toward on-road capabilities. In contrast, the Audi Q7 is a third-generation performance SUV. It combines the best features from both worlds and reflects this in its design. Its exterior is as much a reflection of superior sportiness as it is of the robustness required of a powerful off-roader.

The rear of the Audi Q7 has an unusually dynamic and innovative design. The sweeping wrap-around tailgate with the S-shaped shut line has an optically stabilizing effect while at the same time expressing the urge to push forward. The tailgate does not interrupt the bumper with the embedded light strip and itself carries single-piece lights with an expressive design, extending to the body flanks and accentuating the horizontal lines at the rear. The shoulder line of the body ends at the top edge of the lights. Both exhaust tailpipes are arranged symmetrically. On vehicles with a V6 engine, they are 3.15 inches in diameter, and they are 4 inches in diameter with the V8 4.2 FSI .

A number of impressive details round off the sporty appearance of the Audi Q7, starting with the large wheels of up to 21 inches in diameter symbolizing maximum performance and style on- and off-road.

The exterior mirrors have been optimized to achieve minimum air resistance, low noise levels, dirt-resistance and good drainage in wet weather. Horizontal turn signals featuring LED fiber-optic technology are harmoniously integrated.

The interior of the Audi Q7 is sporty and at the same time elegantly functional. The uncompromising quality standards of the brand are to be found once again in the Audi Q7 performance SUV, combined with a level of practicality and versatility that sets standards.

The Audi Q7 is available with a 4.2-liter V8 FSI, a 3.6-liter V6 FSI, or a 3.0-liter V6 TDI clean diesel engine. All engines feature direct injection, that is, the fuel reaches the combustion chambers directly, with no twists and turns along the way. This helps to improve power and fuel efficiency of the powerplant.

With a displacement of 4,163 cc, the V8 is a close relative of the engine used in the Audi S5. In the Audi Q7, in line with the character of the performance SUV, it develops 350 bhp at 6,800 rpm. But its torque curve of 325 ft. lbs. is even beefier than in the B7 RS 4. This power output is available at 3,500 rpm, and 85 percent is unleashed from as low as 2,000 rpm. The engine has a sonorous tone and is highly cultivated throughout the entire speed range.

The powerful V8 belongs to the present V engine family of the brand, notable for a 90° cylinder angle and a distance of 3.5 in. between cylinders. A maintenance-friendly two-stage chain drive system, comprising three single roller chains, activates the four camshafts; it is located at the rear of the engine to save space. A fourth chain drives the ancillaries.

The figures confirm the impressive power potential of the eight-cylinder engine. The performance SUV with the V8 sprints from zero to 60 mph in just 7.1 seconds. Top speed is limited to 130 mph.

The V6 engine has a displacement of 3.6 liters. It is derived from the six-cylinder engine that powers the versions of the Audi A3 and the TT. By enlarging the bore, displacement has increased from 3,189 cc to 3,597 cc. Its torque is available across a wide range: 266 ft. lbs. from 2,500 to 5,000 rpm. With a power output of 280 bhp at 6,200 rpm, the V6 represents yet another impressive power pack for the performance SUV.

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