New engine line-up, eight-speed gearbox, and added efficiency
21 April 2010

The Audi Q7 range will get a new engine line-up, eight-speed gearbox, and added efficiency as part of a raft of changes.

The 4x4's current 3.6 and 4.2-litre FSI petrol engines will be replaced by two supercharged 3.0-litre TFSI units, resulting in economy improvements of 12 and 16 per cent respectively.

They are also faster than the units they replace. The 268bhp version powers the car from 0 to 60mph in 7.9 seconds, while in the 328bhp version that figure drops to 6.9 seconds. Both average 26.4mpg and have CO2 emissions of 249g/km.

The 3.0 TDI engine will also be replaced by a new, lighter version of the unit, which Audi claims will result in a 19 per cent increase in fuel economy.

The new diesel engine is 20kg lighter than its predecessor, and has start-stop technology and an eight-speed tiptronic transmission. It will take the Q7 from 0-62 in 7.9 seconds, and on to a top speed of 135mph.

The revised Audi Q7 will cost between £40,135 and £54,055 and is available to order now.

Jason Wain

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21 April 2010

Presumably the diesel is using the engine mods and transmission debuted for the new A8...

DKW

21 April 2010

I thought the Q7 shared it's platform with the Porsche Cayenne and VW Toe-rag. I was hoping the Q7 would benefit from the same weight reductions.

Still, a lighter engine and 8 speed box should make it more responsive, lighter on its feet and improve the range.

21 April 2010

[quote DKW]

I thought the Q7 shared it's platform with the Porsche Cayenne and VW Toe-rag. I was hoping the Q7 would benefit from the same weight reductions.

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Yes it does, but is much newer than the original VW and Porsche models so is not yet due for an all-new model. It also didn't have the transfer case and other heavy-duty off-roading 4WDing stuff, relying on the quattro systems and electronics instead, so the drivetrain weight was already significantly lighter. However it was/is a much bigger car, so that cancelled that out.

4 April 2014
Very glad to read this, we need cars like the Farbio and Ginetta should be a safe pair of hands. But it must be harsh times for specialist car builders at the moment.

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ts converter

21 April 2010

[quote Autocar]The Audi Q7 range will get a new engine line-up, eight-speed gearbox, and added efficiency as part of a raft of changes.[/quote] Shame it can't get a different appearance. Ideally a non-appearance...

21 April 2010

Great news but its still a dog looking, gas guzzling, school fielding (off roading) Chelsea tractor.

21 April 2010

Have they dropped the V12 TDI ?

21 April 2010

[quote fuzzybear]Have they dropped the V12 TDI ?
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Was hoping they would drop that in the new A8, but the fact that they have just announced a massively-updated W12 petrol engine for it suggests they probably won't.

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