March 2, 2007

Audi Q7 4.2 TDI raises the bar again

Set to arrive in the showrooms sometime in June this year, the new Audi Q7 4.2 TDI SUV makes a good claim to be the world's most powerful and fast sports utility vehicle. Its 4.2-liter V8 diesel engine is mated to the six-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission and develops a maximum of 326 bhp and stunning 760 Nm (560 lb-ft) of torque produced between 1,800 rpm and 2,500 rpm. Although that powerful, it consumes only about 11.1 liters of diesel fuel per 100 km (25mpg).

Audi Q7 4.2 TDI

The new SUV is fast, too. The Ingolstadt company claims that the new Audi Q7 4.2 TDI takes only 6.4 seconds to jump from zero to 62 mph and its top speed reaches 236 km/h (147 mph). It's kept on the road with the help of Audi's adaptive air suspension with three driving modes and five ground clearance settings. Like other Audi Q7 models, this one is equipped with a self-locking center differential with asymmetric/dynamic torque split with a 40:60 front-rear base ratio.

The list of technological luxurities includes a radar-supported cruise control system with active distance control and the new lane assist system that informs the driver when he or she comes off the carriageway.

Picture: Audi AG

See also: Audi Q7 TDI tuned by B&B

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