V8, & V12; gas & diesel
(from Audi Press
Release) The Audi Q7 – The New Generation
reduced fuel consumption in all engines
-- The world’s cleanest diesel technology
When it was first rolled
out three years ago, the Audi Q7 performance SUV immediately
achieved a leadership position – as a sporty, comfortable as well as
high-performance recreational and business vehicle on a grand scale.
Now Audi is making it even better – more elegant and more efficient,
with lower emissions: the Q7 3.0 TDI consumes only 9.1 liters per
100 kilometers (25.85 US mpg). And now it’s also available in a new
version as a TDI clean diesel, with the world’s cleanest diesel
technology and even lower fuel consumption of only 8.9 liters/100 km
(26.43 US mpg).
The Q7 is the large Audi for sporty individualists, for people who
are seeking a vehicle that will take them anywhere they want to go
for sports, recreation, and business. Its dynamic proportions and
distinctive lines express this character, and subtle modifications
endow its styling with even more elegance.
The design: The language of
At the front end, the
large single-frame radiator grille has been redesigned. Vertical
chrome bars contrast with its black high-gloss finish. The bumpers
too have been restyled. Their lower section is now painted in a
contrasting black or gray, depending on the body color. The newly
integrated underbody protection in the center section of the bumper
has a distinctive ribbed design.
As alternatives to the standard halogen headlights, Audi offers a
xenon plus variant and a new adaptive-light system that integrates
not only low-beam, high-beam and a special superhighway beam but
also turning and cornering lights. In conjunction with the xenon
headlights, light-emitting diodes assembled to form U-shaped bands
provide the daytime running lights. The front blinkers are also
composed of LEDs as straight-line arrays, located at the upper edge
of the air intakes.
The side view too, with its coupe-like roofline, low window area and
tautly curved body surfaces, reinforces the dynamic look of the Q7.
Door moldings have been modified to add interest. The lightweight
alloy wheels are size 7.5 J x 18, the wheels size 235/60. In the V6
vehicles they have seven spokes, in the V8 versions they have six in
size 8 J x 18.
At the rear end, the bumper has also been given two-tone paintwork;
the tailgate, which includes a portion of the rear pillars in an
S-shaped contour, has been given a new and distinctively 3D shape in
the vicinity of the license plate bracket. To reduce the weight of
the Q7, the tailgate has been made of aluminum, as have the engine
hood and the fenders. Standard LEDs in the tail lights create a
distinctive lighting pattern.
Eleven paint finishes for the Audi Q7 include four new shades: Ibis
White, Graphite Gray, metallic, Teak Brown, metallic, and Orca
Black, metallic. An aluminum exterior package is optionally
available from Audi: gleaming chrome bars in the bumpers and door
moldings; the lower portion of the bumpers is painted in the body
color; the center portion of the front apron and the diffuser are
painted in a contrasting shade.
The interior: Room to spare
Thanks to its luxurious
300-centimeter (118.11-inch) wheelbase within an overall length of
5.09 meters (16.70 feet), the Audi Q7 has interior room to spare,
and the interior flexibility is unrivalled. The seatbacks in the
second row are divided into three fold-down sections to provide a
level cargo floor.
This increases the luggage space from a volume of 775 liters (27.37
cubic feet) to 2,035 liters (71.87 cubic feet). With the leather
upholstery option, the middle seat now has an even more comfortable
Two very useful features are optionally available: either a
longitudinally displaceable second seat row or individual comfort
seats that are separately displaceable. Another available option is
a third row for passengers no taller than 1.60 meters (5.25 feet),
combined with an improved easy entry function.
A multitude of detailed improvements in the interior enhance the
elegance and the sense of well-being. The instrument cluster has
been redesigned: the large, round, easily readable instruments are
encircled by metallic frames. Interior lights in the door linings
and an inlay on the passenger side enhance the interior styling.
Many details of the control elements have been restyled and also
enhanced by chrome elements.
The selection of interior colors and materials is also new.
Upholstery fabrics are available in black and light gray; leather
upholstery additionally also in Para Brown, Savannah Beige and
Cardamon Beige. Standard inlays are finished in matt black. In
optional design packages, aluminum and wood finishes are used.
The power train: Performance and
The Audi Q7 is available
with six powerful and highly efficient direct injection engines, two
of them gasoline-powered and four diesel engines, including the
world’s most powerful diesel SUV, the Audi Q7 V12 TDI. Their power
is transmitted via a convenient and fast-shifting six-speed
tiptronic to the quattro permanent all-wheel drive, which
distributes it between the axles with slightly more than half to the
The 3.0 TDI puts out 176 kW (240 bhp) and delivers as much as 550 Nm
between 2,000 and 2,250 rpm, yet on the EU cycle it consumes only
9.1 liters / 100 km (25.85 US mpg). The optionally available 3.0 TDI
clean diesel even consumes 0.2 liters (0.05 US gallons) less.
Despite highly complex exhaust gas recirculation and the resulting
world’s cleanest diesel technology, it consumes just 8.9 liters/100
km (26.43 US mpg). It meets the strict LEV II Bin 5 US standard and
already complies with the Euro 6 limits announced for 2014.
The technology of the TDI clean diesel is highly complex. An
advanced version of the common rail injection system with 2,000 bars
of pressure, new combustion chamber sensors and a high-performance
exhaust recirculating system ensure a highly efficient combustion
process. An innovative DeNOx catalytic converter reduces the
remaining nitrogen oxides. Just upstream of it, a pump injects an
additive named AdBlue into the hot exhaust flow, where this solution
decomposes into ammonia, which splits the nitrogen oxides into
harmless nitrogen and water. Audi partners replenish the additive
during regular maintenance servicing.
In the Q7 4.2 TDI too, fuel consumption has been drastically reduced
– from 11.1 (21.19 US mpg) to 9.9 liters per 100 km (23.76 US mpg).
Yet the V8 diesel is more powerful: with an output of 250 kW (340
bhp) and a torque of 760 Nm, it develops enormous propulsive power.
This maximum torque is available in the range from 1,750 to 3,000
At Audi, efficiency and dynamics go hand in hand. That’s also the
case in gasoline engines. The 3.6 FSI, a V6 with a small cylinder
angle, has a power output of 206 kW (280 bhp) and delivers 360 Nm
between 2,500 and 5,000 rpm. Its average fuel consumption is 12.1
liters per 100 km (19.44 US mpg). The 4.2 FSI, a V8, delivers 257 kW
(350 bhp) and 440 Nm at 3,500 rpm. Its fuel consumption is 12.7
liters/100 km (18.52 US mpg).
A novel technology from the Modular Efficiency Platform further
improves fuel efficiency in all the engines: the recovery system,
which during braking and coasting phases converts mechanical energy
into electric energy and buffer-stores it in the battery. It reduces
CO2 emissions by up to 5 g/km (8.05 g/mile).
The chassis: Safe and sporty
In its suspension
technology too the Audi Q7 is exceptional. As a customer option,
Audi equips the Q7 with adaptive air suspension – a pneumatic
suspension system that operates in conjunction with an electronic
shock absorber control, varies the ground clearance at five
different levels, and lets the driver select three driving modes:
comfort, automatic and dynamic. In its road handling the Q7 excels
in its sporty, highly responsive precision. Off-road, it provides a
superior ride on widely varying terrains.
The choice of wheels ranges from 18 inches to the 10 J x 21 top
version with 295/35 tires. Ten different designs are available,
including two very elegant, high-luster, bicolor versions. Large
brake discs provide superb deceleration – with 18-inch diameters
front and 17-inch diameter rear. For all Q7 with a V8 engine is the
diameter 18-inch front and rear.
Optionally available in the eight-cylinder models are carbon-fiber
ceramic disk brakes which further enhance the dynamic character of
this performance SUV: they are lighter than their steel equivalents,
extremely abrasion-resistant and virtually fading-free. They achieve
high driving performance and ensure short braking distances. The
diameters of the ceramic discs are 420 millimeters (16.54 inches) in
front and 370 millimeters (14.57 inches) at the rear. The calipers
are black and adorned with the wording “Audi ceramic”. A total of 24
pistons are used on the front and rear axles.
The equipment: Luxury and high-tech
The Q7 comes with a splendid range of standard equipment. The
speed-dependent servotronic steering system is standard, as is a
double floor in the cargo area complete with a storage compartment
and a dirt tray; there is also a roof rack, an automatic air
conditioning system, and an MMI radio operating system complete with
a CD audio player and eight loudspeakers.
The option program includes luxury features such as the remote key
and four-zone automatic air conditioning. Another high-end option is
the climate-controlled comfort seat, which can keep the body warm or
cool it by means of small fans.
Particularly dynamic Q7 drivers may wish to consider one of two
other quality option packages. The S line exterior package enhances
the styling with details such as distinctive bumpers and a solid
paint finish. The S line sports package includes a black interior,
sport seats with Alcantara leather or Verano leather upholstery,
aluminum trim (optionally in piano lacquer finish or birch grain
wood), special exterior colors, 20-inch wheels, and a firmer setup
for the steel spring suspension or the adaptive air suspension.
The Q7 also offers many intelligent solutions for the practical
needs of everyday use – such as an electric luggage space cover, a
reversible floor mat, a set of luggage rails, a removable ski bag,
and a moveable storage box. The options program includes separation
grids, an interior bicycle stand, various roof-mounted carriers, a
distinctive off-road styling package, and a pivoting trailer hitch:
this powerful SUV can tow up to 3.5 metric tons.
In the infotainment field, Audi provides a carefully differentiated
selection of modules. The three optional systems are part of the new
generation of Audi devices. The top-of-the-line version integrates a
hard drive for navigation, music and telephone data, a
high-resolution color monitor and 3D map graphics, a DVD player as
well as voice control. It can be expanded into a luxury media center
with features such as a Bluetooth telephone, a TV tuner, a digital
radio tuner, plus rear seat entertainment. A very special highlight
is the advanced sound system from Bang & Olufsen with its 14
channels, 1000 watts of power and 14 loudspeakers.
The range of optional equipment is rounded off by technologies from
the luxury class. The radar-supported adaptive cruise control
regulates the speed and the distance to the preceding vehicle in a
range from 30 to 200 km/h (18.64 to 124.27 mph) by acceleration and
deceleration. If a threat is detected, the integrated Audi braking
guard warns the driver at two levels.
From a speed of 60 km/h (37.28 mph), Audi lane assist helps the
driver stay in lane by means of a camera that recognizes the lane
lines. Audi side assist ensures safe lane changes above 30 km/h
(18.64 mph) with the aid of a radar system that monitors the traffic
pattern within 70 meters (229.66 feet) behind the vehicle. Finally,
the Audi parking system advanced assists parking by means of a
rearview camera and reference lines on the onboard monitor.
The world’s strongest diesel SUV:
The Audi Q7 V12 TDI
Even when it was first
rolled out, the Audi Q7 V12 TDI, the world’s strongest diesel SUV,
had a uniquely distinctive look resulting from its large air
intakes. The new version features modifications to the interior and
the rear end.
The V12 diesel, with a 6-liter (6,000 cc) engine closely related to
that of the R10 TDI racing car – a triple Le Mans winner – delivers
368 kW (500 bhp) and develops a torque of 1,000 Nm between 1,750 and
Acceleration from zero to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 5.5 seconds and a
capped top speed of 250 km/h (155.34 mph) equal the driving
performance of a powerful sports car. Despite these impressive
performance data, the V12 diesel gets by on an average of 11.3
liters of fuel per 100 km (20.82 US mpg). Its luxurious standard
equipment includes 20-inch wheels, a Bose sound system, and many