27 May 2005

Audi’s long-awaited Q7 is revealed here for the first time in its final showroom guise. These leaked studio shots show the Q7 to be particularly elegant, especially in profile, and much of the fussy detail seen on the 2003 Pikes Peak concept car has been dropped. According to reports from America, the Q7 has a 160mm longer wheelbase than its Porsche Cayenne and VW Touareg sister cars. Omitting the hard-core off-road transmission options is said to have saved 150kg, and petrol and diesel V10 engines are under consideration. The car will be built in Bratislava and should make its debut at the Frankfurt Show in September.

Meanwhile, reports suggest that another of Audi’s key concepts cars, the Nuvolari, will go into production as the coupé version of the next A4. It could become the first model to be launched on the new PL47 platform, which will underpin the next-generation A4. The A4 coupé (codenamed AU474) could be introduced by late 2007, with the aim of showcasing the impressive dynamics promised by the new platform. Audi insiders suggest that major changes to weight distribution will provide a BMW-rivalling driving experience.

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