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2006 audi Q7
Although the upcoming 2006 Audi Q7 sport-utility has been shown in concept form as the Pikes Peak and in a few vague teaser shots, media representatives recently got to see it up close and in full production trim at an exclusive reveal hosted by Audi chairman, Dr. Martin Winterkorn. After taking it in from every angle we can tell you that any fears that the Q7 would be nothing more than a reskinned Volkswagen Touareg or Porsche Cayenne can be dispelled. Despite the fact that it shares the same platform as the SUVs from VW and Porsche, the Q7 rides on a nearly 6-inch-longer wheelbase that gives it a much leaner and more athletic appearance. Its overall dimensions give it the look of a tall wagon similar to the current allroad, but the Q7 is larger and better proportioned. Closer inspection of the details reveals very few differences between the Pikes Peak concept and the production model. Up front, Audi's new design face is featured prominently with detailing so exquisite it almost looks too fragile for a production vehicle. Long LED turn signals sit just below the bumper while large air inlets assure plenty of air for the wide range of engines that will be available. We expected that the Q7 would offer both V6 and V8 power, most likely variations of Audi's 3.2-liter six and 4.2-liter eight, but what we didn't expect was the addition of Audi's upcoming V10 power plant to the mix. Johan De Nysschen, executive vice president of Audi of America, confirmed the news and wasn't shy about the reasoning behind the move. "The sportiest utility vehicle will no longer be sold at Porsche dealerships," he said with a smile. De Nysschen also explained that although the Q7 will be capable off-road thanks to an adjustable air suspension and all-wheel drive, it was not designed to withstand serious off-road excursions. This allowed Audi's engineers to reduce the total weight of the platform by 330 pounds compared to the one used for the Cayenne. We expect that a standard Tiptronic six-speed automatic will handle the shifting duties, but we did note the presence of two DSG-type paddle shifters on each side of the steering wheel so the Tiptronic box won't be the only one available. Further evidence of the Q7's dedication to on-road performance could be seen in the 20-inch double-spoke wheels, each wrapped in low-profile 40 series rubber measuring 275 millimeters wide. The interior of the Q7 mimics the new A6 in its overall design and feel. The driving position is more like sitting in a car than an SUV, again emphasizing performance over utility. Stadium-style second-row seats give rear passengers a good view and plenty of headroom and legroom, but foot room is a little tight. Third-row seating will be optional although, as with most vehicles in this class, there's only enough room for children. The official debut of the Q7 is scheduled for the Frankfurt motor show in September with production starting a month later at Volkswagen's plant in Bratislava, Slovakia.(insideline

this is the official photo released by audi

this a picture of the Q7

these 2 photos are from the revel hosted by Audi chairman, Dr. Martin Winterkorn(only for media representatives)


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