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2010-04-14 00:30
Audi’s unveiled three new V6 engines for its premium Q7 SUV – that’s the good news. They’ve binned the petrol V8 though, which is sure to upset buyers who enjoy something entertaining on the year.

The revised Q7 line-up now consists of three six-cylinder engines (two petrol V6s and a single compression ignition version) and diesel V8 and V12 options. Both the 3l V6 petrol engines are supercharged.

The lower state of tune version produces 200kW and 400Nm, enabling the Q7 to sprint from 0-100km/h in 7.9 seconds before powering on to a top speed of 225km/h.

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A more powerful incarnation of the 3l V6 TFSI engine (essentially the unit powering Audi’s S4 sports sedan) brings 245kW and 440Nm to the game, which trims a second off the 0-100km/h time (down to 6.9 sec) whilst bumping up the top speed potential to 245km/h.

Audi’s decided to discontinue the presence of a V8 configuration petrol engine in the Q7 line-up, a decision no doubt forced by emission concerns.

Subsequently the other half of the revised Q7 line-up is diesel powered.

The new 3.0TDI is now rated at 176kW and 550Nm, up 50Nm from before.

Adding a V8 flavour to the Q7 offering, is a 4.2TDI with 250kW and 800Nm on tap.

Eight-speed shifters

All new Q7s distribute power to their quattro systems via a new eight-speed tiptronic transmission, which is credited with reducing fuel consumption by 5%.

Despite a fringe issue for some from an acoustic perspective, the new Q7 range hardly appears worse off without V8 petrol power.

Buyers keen on startling performance still have option on the mental Q7 V12 TDI, powered by a 6l V12 compression ignition engine producing 368kW and 1 000Nm of peak rotational force.

Able to scramble from 0-100km/h in only 5.5 seconds, the Q7 V12 has the dubious honour of being the fastest diesel powered SUV on the planet.

Audi revised Q7 range will become available locally during the last quarter of this year.


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