View Full Version : UK-Bound Audi Q7 4.2 TDI Is The World's Most Dowerful Diesel SUV

21-04-2007, 05:47 PM

Seven seats, eight cylinders and sports car pace from new V8 diesel Q7
New V8 diesel-powered version of the acclaimed seven-seat, air-suspended luxury SUV opens for order this week at £50,090 OTR for the SE version and £50,990 for the S line model – first deliveries in June
Eight-cylinder TDI engine with common rail fuel injection and Piezo injectors adopted from A8, but torque is increased by 110Nm compared with A8 installation
326PS@3,750rpm, 760Nm from 1,800 to 2,500rpm, 0-62mph in 6.4 seconds, top speed 146mph, combined mpg 25.4 Traditional V8 muscle and state-of-the art Audi TDI technology combine to typically breathtaking effect in the new Audi Q7 4.2 TDI, which joins the UK Q7 range this month as the world’s most powerful diesel SUV. Open for order now priced from £50,090 OTR, the latest version of the seven-seat, air-suspended luxury SUV uses a specially adapted version of the TDI unit first seen in the acclaimed A8 4.2 TDI to combine breathtaking punch with level-headed 25mpg-plus economy.

Tuned to suit the specific characteristics of the Q7, the 4.2-litre, eight-cylinder diesel engine brings the same 326PS output, delivered at 3,750rpm, but holds a 110Nm torque advantage over the A8 installation, taking its total to an impressive 760Nm at just 1,800rpm – 60Nm more than its nearest competitor. At just 520 millimetres in length, this high-tech unit is impressively compact for an eight-cylinder, and also unusually light, helped by its weight-sparing vermicular graphite cast iron block.

Fed by two intercooled turbo chargers with variable geometry turbines, and employing the latest common rail direct fuel injection system with state-of-the-art Piezo injectors, this mighty engine manages to maintain fuel economy at in excess of 25mpg while punching the spacious seven-seat SUV to 62mph in 6.4 seconds and on to 146mph.

In keeping with the rest of the Q7 range, the new 4.2 TDI channels its power smoothly to tarmac or turf via standard adaptive air suspension with electronically controlled damping and roll stabilisation and an adjustable height span of between 180mm and 240mm, ensuring great comfort even on testing terrain. Naturally, the latest generation quattro four-wheel-drive system with 40 / 60 front-to-rear torque split is also on hand to boost grip to seemingly physics-defying levels.

Up to seven occupants can enjoy the ride in the cabin’s three rows of seats, and thanks to a total of 28 seating and loading configurations, there is also the option to free up a maximum of 2,035 litres of load space.

Limited Edition version also available
The new Q7 4.2 TDI - like its 3.0 TDI, 3.6 FSI petrol and 4.2 FSI petrol counterparts - will also be available in conjunction with an exclusive Limited Edition specification. The Q7 Limited Edition combines all the luxury equipment fitted to SE versions with an off-road styling package, a wheel upgrade to 20-inch Five Double Spoke alloys (from 18-inch Five Parallel Spoke) and tinted privacy glass.

SE specification adds enhancements such as Cricket Leather upholstery, electric seat adjustment and seat heating, while the off-road styling package includes wheel-arch extensions, restyled front and rear lower bumper sections, running boards with complementing door protection strips, unique exhaust tailpipes and front and rear under-body protection plates.

Individually, the options fitted would carry a premium of £4,375 over the price of the Q7 SE model, but at £1,800 more than their SE equivalents the Limited Edition models bring a saving of £2,575. Limited Edition prices start at £42,625 OTR, with the 4.2 TDI Limited Edition at £51,890 OTR.