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by George Skentzos

The flagship Audi Q7 performance SUV has arrived in Australia as the brand introduces its entire range of newly-style Q7 models for the local market.

The Audi Q7 V12 TDI is the most powerful diesel SUV on the road, with 368kW of power and an incredible 1000Nm.

Its twin-turbocharged 6.0-litre diesel engine is related to the powerplant used in the triple-Le Mans-winning Audi R10, establishing Audi’s close link between its road-going performance cars and its highly successful motorsport program.


This powerhouse leads a more elegant and efficient range of Q7 models which have arrived in Australia – pitched as a high-performance vehicle for leisure and business.

It has been engineered as the ultimate go-anywhere family SUV, with flexible seating for up to seven adults, a high payload, generous luggage area of up to 2,035 litres and a hefty towing capacity.


Its exterior design utilises tautly curved body surfaces and new accents front and rear in conjunction with the xenon headlights (optional for V6 models) and light-emitting diodes arranged to form U-shaped bands provide the Audi trademark daytime running lights.

The indicators and tail lamps also use LED technology, with many more subtle design changes contributing to the overall revised package such as inlays on the passenger side door, new colours, new wheels, and new materials.


The driver is treated to redesigned instruments, including the latest generation MMI Navigation system which is standard for V8 and V12 engines.

Four new exterior paint colours have been added to the Q7 range including Ibis White, Graphite Grey, Orca Black and Teak Brown, along with two additional RS-special paint colours for the new V12 TDI version – Mugello Blue and Daytona Grey.


Standard equipment includes a six-speed tiptronic which transfers power to the quattro permanent all-wheel drive system, which distributes it to the axles with modest emphasis on the rear.

All V6 and V8 models also incorporate an energy recovery system which converts mechanical energy into electric energy during braking and coasting, reducing CO2 emissions by up to five grams per kilometre.

Model range and manufacturer’s recommended pricing

Audi Q7 V12 TDI quattro $254,900
Audi Q7 4.2 TDI quattro $127,900
Audi Q7 4.2 FSI quattro $122,600
Audi Q7 3.0 TDI quattro $88,700
Audi Q7 3.6 FSI quattro $86,900