A Dream Deferred: The Audi Q7 V12 TDI

Audi Q7 V12

Tony Montana once said that “in this country, you gotta make the money first. Then when you get the money, you get the power.” This insight applies perfectly to the Audi Q7 V12 TDI (turbo direct injection) diesel SUV concept, which made its U.S. debut at the 2007 Detroit Auto Show. Expect a hefty price tag for a vehicle that wields unprecedented power in the form of the V12 engine.

This new model has 5 doors, seats 7, and packs 500 horses under the hood while operating with 6 speed automatic transmission. Top speed comes out to 155 mph with fuel consumption maxing out at around 20 mpg. The piezo fuel injectors and turbo direct injection technology reduce emissions, minimize engine noise, and maximize performance.

Perhaps the most eye-popping statistic comes in the acceleration: 0-62 mph in 5.5 seconds. While handling around tight corners may get dicey, top-notch braking helps to compensate. Then again, with the power trip you’ll get when you drive, you may never want to pull up at a red light or pull into your driveway ever again.

One quirky feature comes from the Bluetec system in the engine. This technology uses a special injection system that sprays urea in the exhaust to minimize nitrogen oxide emissions. It just goes to show that in today’s competitive marketplace, sometimes you need to get dirty to stay clean.

So when should we expect to test out the Q7 V12 for ourselves? Its designation as a “concept car” means that no one really knows. Some sources report that we may see a production version in about a year. Until then, Audi leaves us feening for the future.

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-Posted by Taeho Lim

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