Every now and then we run into a nice car with an odd livery (remember the Blue Ferrari F40?) and here is another one: this Audi Q7 sporting a more-than-flashy chrome gold paint job was spotted in Prague by a reader of Autoblog.it, and it is very reminiscent of what German tuner Hamann did to a Ferrari 599 GTB a while ago. Surely the owner of this machine is not the kind of person who likes to go unnoticed.
If you want more of the same, just type “chromed cars” into Google and you will see plenty of models like this one, with shiny bodyworks, from the super powerful Bugatti Veyron till the little Toyota iQ.
Audi’s global marketing chief Peter Schwarzenbauer has revealed that the next generation of Audi Q7 SUVs could weight 350kg less than the one currently on sale. This significant weight loss is part of an ambitious plan by which every new car that the German manufacturer will produce in the future will be lighter than the model it will replace.
The experience gained in aluminium processing (which has been already exploited in many suspensions components of the Q7s currently available) will come in very handy. The massive use of this material - of which 20% of new A6 and A7 Sportback are made of - has enabled Audi to cut down the weight in a satisfactory manner.
How much this technological step will affect the final price tag is yet to be disclosed. Surely, a lighter weight means that handling, performance and fuel economy will benefit from that.
The Audi Q7 will have one less engine in its line-up soon, as the V12 TDI powertrain gets the flick. The 5.9-litre V12 turbo-diesel produces 500 hp and about 1,000 Nm of torque, and Jens Meiners at Car and Driver says it’s the best SUV he’s ever driven. Still, sales of the Q7 with this particular powertrain have been woeful and so not only is Audi abandoning it, it won’t get a successor and won’t be used on any other model.
Meanwhile a trend set by BMW and Mercedes could be continued by Audi in abandoning V8 diesels, too. The 4.2-litre V8 TDI which is available both on the Q7 and the A8 could also be put out to pasture. The unit makes 340 hp on the SUV and 350 hp on the A8 sedan, but with the three-litre V6 TDI offering 313 hp on the new Audi A6, a bigger unit is no longer required.
The German car brands are battling it out on all fronts these days - from the traditional sedan segment through to coupes and SUVs. In this video we see the guys from Fifth Gear compare the Porsche Cayenne Turbo to the Audi Q7 V12 TDI in a test that flogs the two bulky beasts around an offroad mining circuit (or something - God knows where they went for this video).
The two are compared in their pros and cons, with the Cayenne probably the winner in the segment at the moment ahead of the very expensive and very heavy Q7. I had never really considered the Cayenne a true Porsche, but seeing these two lined up beside each other the styling differences are astounding with the Cayenne front-end looking decidedly sharp and Porsche-like.
The shenanigans continue with some bizarre testing in the style of Top Gear which you’d never really bother with if you actually wanted to buy one of these, unless racing offroad up a mining track is your style of driving. See which one came across best, even if the criteria is a little shady, in the video above.
Is diesel becoming more popular on the US car market? Audi seems to think so and its sales results would prove the hypothesis. According to Automotive News, 50 percent of Audi A3 sales in the US are diesel and about 40 percent of Audi Q7 sales are, too. Given that, the rest of the models in the Audi range will offer a diesel in the line-up from 2015 including the A8, A6, A4 and Q5.
While here in Europe we’re already very familiar with these models, Audi’s bet is they will become more popular in the US as stricter fuel economy laws come into play in coming years. The drive is also coming from dealers who are demanding more diesel models as stocks run out.
BMW and Mercedes also have limited diesel offerings on the US market but if Audi gets its plan underway, it could have a head start and sales targets for diesels in the future could be up from the current 5.5 percent of the range to 20 percent. As the guys at Autoblog.com point out though, what we’d really love to see would be the Audi R8 V12 TDI go into production.
The moment has arrived for the Audi Q7, V12 TDI version, to undergo an ‘ABT’ makeover. The amazing SUV with its V12 engine, developed on the competition Audi R10, will see its power increase from 500 to 560 hp, and the torque will go up from 1000 Nm to 1200 Nm. No official news is available as to the Q7 tuning, but reports have 0-100 km/hr figures at just 5.3 seconds, and a top speed of 258 km/hr.
Source | Autoblog.nl
I can safely say this is one of the more dramatic changes I’ve seen in a vehicle in the many spy shots that come our way. The Porsche Cayenne, originally a more controversial model for the company, is taking on a more refined Porsche look with a sloping bonnet, as seen in these Cayenne spy shots.
The car is expected to debut in 2010, and we had already seen the interior and the rear lights in previous pics. These spy shots take the glimpse a step further, showing a refined car smaller in size than the current Cayenne.
The height will be reduced by two centimetres; while in itself it is minimal, it shows the overall evolution of the vehicle. Driving pleasure and sports handling will be a focus compared to its cousins, the Audi Q7 and the Volkswagen Tuareg. The updated engines will be those already seen on the Panamera, including the future hybrid version and V6 diesel. Reports have been floating around of a V8 diesel as well.
Source | MotorAuthority
After the debut of the Audi Q7 in Shanghai, we take a look at these videos of the Q7, as we wait for it to appear in dealerships around Europe. With the larger SUV model, we see LED lights and some changes to the bumpers. See the video for a look at the interior, with driving footage after the jump.
500 hp or not, I seriously question the usefulness of certain challenges, test drives and speed tests, and this is another case of that. The Audi Q7 V12 TDI vs the BMW M5, with the latter beating the Audi by a good two seconds.
While the test sprint shows how far car technology and SUV models have come, the super sedan BMW still comes off better, possibly for its much lighter weight. I presume these are both considered luxury family cars and I frankly can’t see parents racing off to pick their kids up from school doing these kinds of tests. Perhaps it’s all in a day of fun for the guys at Autocar.
Here’s a look at a full gallery of the Audi Q7 restyling with the style updates seen on the front. The single frame of the new design features, with vertical chrome elements and shiny black finishes. The bumpers have also been updated, with contrasting colour in black or grey, and LED lights are now included.
New lights also feature on the rear, and four new colours are available, including ibis white, metallic graphite grey, metallic tek brown, and metallic black. The external measurements remain the same, while the interior has new elements such as new look instrumentation with metallic frames.
Six different engines are available on the Q7, in the petrol range: the 3.6 litre FSI V6 at 280 hp, the 4.2 litre FSI V8 at 350 hp, and at the top of the range, the 6.0 litre TDI V12 at 500 hp. The V8 4.2 litre has fuel consumption from 11.1 to 9.9 litres per 100 km.