Pictures and specifications for Audi's monster diesel Q7
3 March 2008

This is the Audi Q7 V12 TDI, which Audi has confirmed will go into production. The twin-turbo V12 engine produces a massive 493bhp and 758lb ft of torque, which will propel the car the 62mph in 5.5sec and on to a limited top speed of 155mph.Audi have solved the issue of developing a transmission strong enough for the massive levels of torque with a six-speed tiptronic gearbox designed specifically for the V12 diesel engine, which is controlled via steering wheel paddles.Power is distributed with a rear-wheel bias, sending 40 per cent to the front and the remaining 60 per cent to the rear. However, those figures vary thanks to an 'inter-axle differential' that distributes power to the front or back depending on traction available. It's claimed there is plenty of off-road ability, too, with a maximum ground clearance of eight inches and adaptive air suspension helping to get the monster Q7 over rugged terrain. Whilst clearance is a step towards off-road ability, we have a sneaking suspicion that the standard 20-inch alloys aren't going to help you much over the rough stuff. Even if you do get stuck attempting to traverse a field in your Q7, you can guarantee you'll be comfortable. Standard specification includes leather sports seats, heated front and rear seats, sat-nav, Bose sound system, and Bluetooth phone preparation.As if all that weren't impressive enough, it'll do a claimed 19.77mpg, too.There are no prices or on sale dates yet available for the UK, but expect it to hit the showrooms before the end of the year priced at around £70,000.

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3 March 2008

What is the point in this ? A V8 petrol would get 20mpg. Why do I need a diesel to do that ?

3 March 2008

I read somewhere BMW had pulled their V8 diesel engine (which was never officially offered in the UK) from their range due to poor sales and MB too were thinking of doing the same with their V8 diesel.

So, I guess the question that comes to mind is, what is it that makes Audi think there is a big enough market for these very large and powerful diesels, which are barely more economical than their petrol equivalents?

3 March 2008

A vehicle that weighs over 2.5 tonnes with a high centre of gravity travelling at 155mph is a recipe for carnage. I really hope I'm not driving the car that one of these crashes into. Buy an S-Class Merc or an A8 instead for crying out loud.

3 March 2008

In the 14th century (and again, to a lesser extent, in the 18th) men took to wearing longer and longer shoes, as a display of how much they could afford to pay for them.

They got so long that they had to curl up the toes in a spiral and attach this with a strap to their thigh, as they had become totally unsuitable for their original purpose - to walk in.

However, the unsuitability of these shoes for purpose did not stop them - if the bastard in a neighbouring castle had got them, then they were going to have them too!

When social anthropologists look back (in a few hundred years) at idiotic manifestations of ego run riot, they will no doubt put these shoes and vehicles like this Audi in the same class of folly.

At least, now their students will have two good idiotic examples to laugh at.

...the band was playing Dixie: double-four time...

3 March 2008

An S-class has a mass of almost 2 tonnes. KE=1/2mv^2 - bottom line is you don't want to be rammed by either.

The Q7 is still ugly and tasteless. I can't see the sort of person who would buy one being someone I would ever, ever want to meet.

3 March 2008

[quote NiallOswald]I can't see the sort of person who would buy one being someone I would ever, ever want to meet.[/quote]

I take it you're joking ? If you're not then this is shocking. You wouldn't want to meet someone because their choice of car offends you that much ?

3 March 2008

[quote James Read]

[quote NiallOswald]I can't see the sort of person who would buy one being someone I would ever, ever want to meet.[/quote]

I take it you're joking ? If you're not then this is shocking. You wouldn't want to meet someone because their choice of car offends you that much ?

[/quote]

I would not want to meet the owner of this or other similar vehicles because of the likelihood that they are drug dealers or members of the East European Mafia...

...the band was playing Dixie: double-four time...

3 March 2008

Disgusting.

3 March 2008

[quote cimardinius]I would not want to meet the owner of this or other similar vehicles because of the likelihood that they are drug dealers or members of the East European Mafia... [/quote]

Or rappers. I think I'll have chrome spinners on my 30inch wheels.

4 March 2008

[quote James Read]

[quote NiallOswald]I can't see the sort of person who would buy one being someone I would ever, ever want to meet.[/quote]

I take it you're joking ? If you're not then this is shocking. You wouldn't want to meet someone because their choice of car offends you that much ?[/quote]

I'm not entirely serious, but as far as first impressions go, it's not what I'd call positive. Having seen Q7s on the road, their sheer bulk looks utterly ridiculous and the whole thing has an air of 'f-off out of my way, I'm VERY IMPORTANT' to it. I have no desire to meet anyone whose ego allows them to drive such a car without feeling like an idiot.

My experience of drivers of big, luxury 4x4s on the road forms the basis of my opinion.

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