Audi Q7 revs up performances and efficiency with new engines

By on October 10, 2010
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New 3.0 TFSI & 3.0 TFSI Supercharged petrol engines introduced.

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Audi Middle East is introducing a revised engine lineup for the Q7 SUV. The new range comprises two gasoline engines, both V6 units but with different power outputs, as well as a second-generation 4.2 V8 TDI diesel engine. The mighty V12 TDI diesel completes the range.

The new 3.0 TFSI gasoline engines embody Audi’s downsizing strategy. Engine displacement was replaced with supercharging, which allows for vigorous thrust and spontaneous throttle response on the large high-performance SUV. The basic version develops 272 hp and has a maximum torque of 400 Nm over a broad engine-speed range from 2,250 to 4,750 rpm. It accelerates the Q7 in 7.9 seconds from a standing start to 100 km/h. The more powerful version, the 3.0 TFSI Supercharged, delivers 333 hp and a torque of 440 Nm between 2,900 and 5,300 rpm. 100 km/h are reached in 6.9 seconds. Both versions of the 3.0 TFSI are impressively efficient: in the EU fuel consumption test cycle they are content with 10.7 liters per 100 kilometers. Compared with the previous engines, the 3.6 FSI and the 4.2 FSI, fuel consumption has been reduced by 1.4 and 2.0 l/100 km – 12 and 16 percent respectively.

The Q7 4.2 TDI has also had its fuel consumption drastically reduced – from 9.9 to 9.2 liters per 100 km. Yet at the same time the V8 diesel, with its unchanged power output of 340 hp, delivers more torque than before. It now supplies a vigorous 800 Nm between engine speeds of 1,750 and 2,750 rpm and accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.4 seconds. The Audi Q7 V12 TDI is the most powerful diesel SUV in the world. Its 6-liter twelve-cylinder TDI engine develops 500 hp and delivers 1,000 Nm of torque between 1,750 and 3,250 rpm. Despite a time of just 5.5 seconds from zero to 100 km/h, it is content with a fuel consumption of only 11.3 liters per 100 kilometers.

All the engines for the Q7 combine two technologies: forced induction and direct fuel injection. A high-performance recuperation system that recovers energy during braking is also a standard item. Audi has given all six- and eight-cylinder Q7 versions a new automatic transmission. The eight-speed tiptronic lowers fuel consumption by about five percent. To cut fuel consumption still further, the torque converter lockup clutch eliminates slip even at low engine speeds.

“We have replaced the 3.6 and 4.2 petrol engines with the new 3.0 TFSI and 3.0 TFSI Supercharged. Rather than insisting on badge credit, customers increasingly focus on efficiency. The new engines deliver slightly less horse power but at the same time much higher torque, which in the end matters most when you press the gas paddle. We will also keep pushing for diesel awareness in the region with the newly updated and even more efficient diesel engines” says Jeff Mannering, Managing Director of Audi Middle East.


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Mufaddal Fakhruddin is the Editor for IGN ME and thinks writing in third person about himself in an about me section is weird.

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