First, and most noticeably, Kahn Design gave the Q7 an exterior visual makeover: vented front replacement wings, gunmetal grey front bumper sections, rear vented bumper, large upper roof wing, wide wheel arches with rear vented spats, machined aluminum vented foot pedals, stainless steel door sills, replacement wings, LED daytime running lights, Kahn stainless steel exhaust system, gold calipers, and gunmetal grey mirror backs. This whole package rolls on Kahn’s 22″ RSX gunmetal grey alloy wheels.
Inside, they did quite a number on the interior as well, giving the front and rear seats black quilted perforated nappa leather with red stitching as well as a speedometer and tachometer in red and cream and Kahn foot pedals. Take a look at the seats below in the gallery – they look great. Of course, with enough money, you can have them make you a completely custom interior as well.
Under the hood, the Kahn Audi Q7 has the 3.0-liter TDI powerplant, producing 233 hp. Mated to Audi’s tiptronic transmission, the SUV can move from naught to 60mph in 8.4 seconds.
Want to buy the package as-is? You’ll need to fork over £61,875.
Audi just released details on the next generation Q7 set to be a 2010 model. The new Q7 will receive a big exterior update to include new front and rear LED lighting to include the daytime running lights, turn signals, and brake lights. A new optional headlight system includes zenon bulbs with low beam, high beam, and super highway beam, and is controlled with an adaptive front lighting system. Other exterior changes include chrome accents, two-tone exterior mirrors, new wheel designs, updated front and rear bumpers, four new paint colors (one of which you see here,) and a new shape for the rear liftgate to accommodate license plates from around the world.
In addition to the exterior updates, the 2010 Q7 will get new ventilated leather front seats, a redesigned instrument cluster, extra chrome and wood trim, new interior color choices, a new ambient door lighting, and the third generation MMI system, which includes cool new features like 3D navigation and voice activated controls that let you say things like “I’m hungry” to lead you to a restaurant, or “I need gas” for a gas station, instead of the roundabout way most systems require (i.e. “Navigation” > “Category” > “Restaurant” – etc.)
The US version of the Q7 will be available in three different engine configs, all of which have increased fuel efficiency this year: a 3.6-liter, 280hp V6 which gets 14/20mpg, a 4.2-liter, 350hp V8 with 13/18mpg, and a diesel variant – the carried over Q7 TDI with a 3.0-liter, 225hp diesel V6 with 17/25mpg. Here’s hoping us Americans get the beastly 500hp V12 TDI engine option that the Europeans have.
The 2010 Q7’s main competitors will be the BMW X5 and Mercedes-Benz GL, with the Acura MDX, Porsche Cayenne, and VW Touareg stealing some thunder. The Q7 TDI will be available this month, but expect the redesigned 2010 Q7 to be on showroom floors beginning in Fall 2009. Prices will be announced closer to launch.
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We just reported on the new Q7 TDI availability, but didn’t have any pricing information at the time. Well Audi just announced pricing on the 2009 Q7 TDI, which will start at $51,725 (including the $825 destination charge.) Fairly expensive, but about the same as its main rivals, the BMW X5 35d ($52,025) and Mercedes-Benz ML 320 Bluetec ($48,125.)
The Q7 TDI will also qualify for the $1,150 Alternative Motor Vehicle Tax Credit from the IRS.
Audi (and parent company VW) are launching their initiative to get diesel into the American mainstream again. With hybrid-level efficiency and plenty of power on tap, we Americans need to start learning from the Europeans and looking at getting a diesel-powered car on our next purchase.
So here we have a large Audi SUV that runs on a 225 horsepower 3.0-liter TDI V6 which pushes out an exceptional 406 lbft of torque available at a mere 1750 RPMs – a direct side effect from diesel-powered engines. The Q7 TDI will get a 6-speed Tiptronic transmission paired to a quattro AWD drivetrain.
For those who don’t know, TDI stands for “Turbocharged Direct Injection,” which is simply VW’s term for their modern turbocharged diesel engines. The benefits of driving a diesel are many, but it hasn’t really caught on in the States yet, but with our recent gas price spike, people might start thinking more about the future and buy diesel. The problem is that currently, diesel fuel is more expensive than standard petrol, which cancels out the advantage of better fuel efficiency.
But now, diesel prices are falling again (although very slowly,) and hopefully people will start seeing the upsides again. Modern diesel engines are significantly better than the black smoke-spitting engines of yore. Not only do they provide better fuel economy, but it burns cleaner and emits fewer emissions, and provides exceptional power and torque compared to their gasoline-burning siblings.
Here’s one man looking forward to seeing many “TDI” badges roaming our streets.
More pictures of the Audi Q7 TDI below: