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What it Is
Audi Q7 V12 TDI Concept Preview – 2007 Detroit Auto Show: While the practical news coming out of the 2007 North American International Auto Show was that the 2008 Audi Q7 would be the first vehicle to use the company’s Bluetec diesel technology – thus become the first Audi diesel available for sale in all 50 states – the most intriguing news was of a V12 monster SUV that makes 500 horsepower, more than 700 lb.-ft. of torque and is called the Audi Q7 V12 TDI Concept. It’s a monster Audi with a monster grille and a big power appetite but a small thirst for fuel. Rumors indicate that a production version of the Q7 V12 TDI may be coming in little more than a year.
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Why it Matters
Any vehicle that goes that fast and still can get 20 miles per gallon demands our immediate attention – again. First debuted at the Paris Motor Show, this Q7 V12 TDI has been updated with minor design changes to the fascias and lights. The massive grille stays the same, which is bad news for small children and dogs that scare easily.
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What’s Under the Hood
While the puny little Bluetec Audi Q7 comes with a 3.0-liter engine, the Big V12 Daddy generates significantly more power. Try 500 horsepower on for size, or 730 lb.-ft. of torque, energy used to get to 60 mph in 5.5 seconds and to reach a top speed of 155 mph. Fuel efficiency is a combined 20 mpg.
Photos courtesy of Brian Chee, Audi Motors
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