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2008-07-02 09:14


Vehicle Specs
Manufacturer Audi
Model Q7
Engine 3-litre V6 turbodiesel, 4.2-litre supercharged V8 petrol
Power 212kW, 373kW
JE Designs, the Heilbronn based Audi, VW and Seat tuner, have powered up and neatened off the brusque Q7.

Despite employing only 11 people, Jochen Eckelt’s team has been developing go-faster kits for Audi, VW and Seat products since the early 1990s.

Recently they’ve focussed much of their design flair on Audi products, and JE Design’s quick Q7 conversion carries a subtle appeal; hardly a concept you’d associate with a German aftermarket fettled Q7.

Hardly Audi’s most elegant design, the Q7 benefits from chunky 22-inch mags, a new front bumper, widened wheel arches and double fog-lights. Celebrity buyers have the option of privacy glass too…All up it looks fabulous, especially the redesigned quad-tailpipes, the overall design is infinitely more appealing than the standard Q7.

Interior upgrades from JE Design include alcantara upholstery, a sports steering wheel and carbon-fibre insets; yet, in true German tuning tradition the colour, texture and trim combinations are practically infinite.

Two engines power upgrades are available, a 3-litre TDI turbodiesel V6 and a 4.2-litre V8 petrol. The diesel engine receives a power hike to 212kW from the standard 171kW, whilst torque gains an extra 50Nm from 500Nm to 550Nm.

On the petrol side the 4.2-litre V8 receives a bolt-on supercharger kit which boosts power from 257kW to 373kW- with rapid performance and consumption consequences.


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