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Steane Klose | Sep 9, 2008

Audi's Q7 SUV was revealed earlier this year at the Geneva Motor Show, but, with no word on pricing or specifications, many admirers were left with more than a few questions unanswered. Audi has now made good with the details and, in doing so, has revealed a plethora of reasons why the Q7 will likely win the hearts and wallets of high-end SUV customers.

Visually there's little problem in differentiating the Q7 from its lesser siblings with the widened guards allowing an extra 30mm of room up front and 26mm in the rear. The Q7 will also receive dual oval exhausts, a steel underbody protector, an optional sunroof, and darkened tail lights.

The alluring rims shown above are the optional 21-inch items which house monstrous 20-inch carbon-ceramic rotors with eight-piston calipers up front and four-piston calipers out back. Those not opting for the larger wheel and brake package will receive 20-inch rims and steel rotors as standard.

Given the kerb weight of the vehicle, and the possibility that the Q7 may see off-road action, the suspension set-up is suitably impressive. Riding on an aluminum chassis, the Q7 uses a double wishbone set-up combined with Audi’s adaptive air suspension and electronically controlled shock absorbers. Dynamic roll stabilisation is also used to negate the body-roll inherent in heavy, high-riding vehicles.

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Audi has adorned the interior with the kind of pampering luxuries you'd expect from a $200,000 SUV, including electronically adjustable sport seats wrapped in the same Verano leather that features on the centre armrest and door inserts. Velour carpet, carbon and aluminum trim accents, stainless steel pedals, and an ambient lighting package are also included and, for that extra touch of class, the front and rear seats can be heated as required.

You won't have time to get comfy in the plush cabin however as Audi has ensured that any throttle input will quickly have your mind focused on what lurks beneath the bonnet. The 6.0-litre forced induction V12 TDI engine produces 368kWs of power and a colossal 1000Nms of torque; good for a 0-100km/h dash in 5.5 seconds, and an electronically controlled top speed of 250km/h. While these performance credentials are impressive, the Q7's ability to produce its 1000Nms of torque between 1,750 rpm and 3,250 rpm is arguably its trump card. (But don't think too hard about the fuel consumption.)

Built by Audi's Quattro division and expected to be on sale by the end of the year, the Audi Q7 V12 TDI is, on paper at least, the real deal. We won't be turning our nose up when the Q7 hits the press fleet... (just doing our bit to help Audi spread the word).

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