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Audi Eyes Towards the Future With More Efficient Engines For the 2011 Q7

Source: Audi | Published: Sat Jan 08, 2011

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Powerful and Efficient Engines

The 2011 Audi Q7 quattro is available with two all-new supercharged V6 engines, both of which are faster and more fuel efficient than their predecessors.

With its more clearly defined powerplant direction, the 2011 Audi Q7 quattro gives buyers the choices they need for ever more active lifestyles. Heading up the new lineup is a 3.0 TFSI V6 engine producing 272 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque - a significant 29 lb-ft boost over the previous Q7. Despite the large increase in torque, the new Audi Q7 quattro will achieve 16/22 mpg (city/hwy), an improvement of 2 mpg in city driving and 3 mpg in highway driving. Buyers looking for even more performance can opt for the more powerful 333 hp supercharged 3.0 TFSI V6 found in the 2011 Audi Q7 quattro S line Prestige. This proven performer generates 325 lb-ft of torque, ensuring that no load is too heavy and catapulting the large SUV to 62 mph in just 6.9 seconds. Even with the added power, the new engine is some 16 percent more efficient than the 4.2-liter FSI V8 that it replaces. In addition, the efficient new Audi Q7 quattro costs approximately $2,100 less than its predecessor.

The Audi Q7 quattro provides premium SUV buyers with a new level of environmental conscientiousness with its efficient 3.0 TDI clean diesel engine. Using a combination of directinjection and turbocharging, the 3.0-liter diesel engine delivers 225 hp and a remarkable 406 lb-ft of torque. Yet as impressive as the power figures are, the truly amazing aspect of the Q7 3.0 TDI quattro clean diesel is its fuel economy. The Q7 3.0 TDI clean diesel delivers 17/25 mpg (city/hwy) and is the only clean diesel in its segment with an eight-speed transmission.

8-Speed Tiptronic Transmission

Matched with each of the engines available in the Audi Q7 quattro is an all-new state-of-the-art eight-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission. It offers motorists the perfect compromise between a legitimate manual and an automatic gearbox, with eight carefully chosen ratios that can be credited for five percent of the increased fuel efficiency of the new Audi Q7 quattro.

The driver may choose gears via the console-mounted shifter or optional paddle shifters located behind the sculpted steering wheel. Shifts are quick and precise without sacrificing the smooth action of the Tiptronic automatic. A wide final drive ratio of 7.25:1 allows the lower gears to be optimized for instant, powerful acceleration, while the gears in the upper range have an emphasis on fuel economy - particularly at highway speeds.

Options and Packages

The 2011 Audi Q7 quattro is available in several packages; the 3.0T Premium and Premium Plus, the 3.0T S line Prestige, and the 3.0 TDI Clean Diesel Premium, Premium Plus and Prestige. All packages come equipped with a precise eight-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission and quattro.

The 2011 Audi Q7 quattro Premium comes standard with a wide array of features. Those include ESP with ABS, EBD, and off-road mode. In off-road mode, ESP includes Audi hill descent control. Hydraulic brake assist also is standard and provides an extra boost of braking power in an emergency situation. A standard tire pressure monitoring system provides an added level of driver information.

The exterior of the Audi Q7 quattro Premium benefits from heated windshield washer nozzles, heated side view mirrors and standard rear acoustic parking sensors. Brushed aluminum adorns the functional roof rails and side windows, and a power lift gate makes loading and unloading cargo easy. Inside there is a four-spoke multifunction steering wheel, a tilt/telescoping column and Audi music interface with an iPod cable. HomeLink garage door opener and Bluetooth hands free calling deliver added convenience, and Audi MMI basic plus allows the driver to control audio, climate and car setup. Also standard is a driver information system that provides a five-function trip computer and an efficiency display.

The Audi Q7 quattro Premium Plus enjoys the same standard equipment as the Q7 Premium but adds a BOSE Surround Sound system with noise compensation to deliver a 14-speaker audio experience with HD Radio, a memory function for the driver's seat, auto-dimming power-folding external mirrors, xenon plus lights with LED daytime running lights, Audi parking system plus with rearview camera, and Audi MMI Navigation plus, among other features.

Available as an option, the Bang & Olufsen Advanced Sound System delivers more than 1,000 watts of power through 14 speakers, 14-channel digital amplifier, advanced DSP, Acoustic Lens Technology, encapsulated loudspeaker boxes, aluminum loudspeaker grilles.

The Audi Q7 TDI quattro Prestige builds on the standard amenities of the Q7 3.0T Premium and Premium Plus by adding Audi side assist, advanced key, adaptive front lighting, power tilt and telescoping steering column and warm weather package with four-zone climate control, window shade and deep-tint sunroof.

Inside, the tilt/telescopic steering wheel is electronically adjustable and features a memory function. A fully automatic, four-zone climate control system is standard equipment, and advanced key allows the vehicle's doors to be locked or unlocked and the vehicle to be started without the use of a physical key. Instead, the fob merely needs to be in the driver's pocket. Audi MMI Navigation plus also is standard.

The available Audi MMI Navigation plus features a 7-inch full-color LCD screen and MMI control logic. The latest version of MMI found onboard the Audi Q7 is powered by a 40-GB hard drive and a NVIDIA processor to enhance graphics that include 3D renderings of buildings and landmarks in many cities.

The Audi Q7 3.0T quattro S line Prestige package includes Audi side assist blind-spot detection, advanced key, ventilated front seats, a warm weather package and unique S line 20-inch wheels. Optional 21-inch S line wheels also are available with summer performance tires. Buyers may chose from a number of convenience and technology packages to suit their needs. The cold weather package includes heated rear seats and a heated four-spoke multifunction steering wheel.

The functionality of the Audi Q7 is evident in its towing power. Each Audi Q7 comes with a standard trailer hitch provision in the electrical cable tree, allowing a towing capacity of 5,500 lbs (w/ 550 pound tongue-weight). Also available is a trailer hitch package, which includes tow bar, increased cooling capacity, and increased towing capacity of 6,600 lbs (w/ 660 pound tongue-weight).

In addition, the Audi Q7 offers four-corner adjustable air suspension with five suspension settings.

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