The German tuning studio Abt Sportsline has finally revealed its own, Rammstein-style, personalization program for the 2007 Audi Q7 car-based crossover SUV.
Making the full-size luxury car look even more brutal than its original version, the tuning specialist has also increased power output of the 3.0-liter turbo-diesel engine that comes with the entry level trim and is absolutely inadequate for the task. With all extra parts installed, you not only get a vehicle that stands out in the rush hour traffic, but will also enjoy a lot more satisfying ride in case you happen to own the aforementioned version of the SUV equipped with a low-displacement oil-burner.
The original 2007 Audi Q7, which is supposed to compete against the new BMW X5 E70 sporty crossover, boasts an aggressive -even somewhat brutal- eye-catching exterior, and in its top version is motivated by a powerful 350hsp 4.2-litre FSI V-8 engine, which is mated to a six-speed Tiptronic transmission and an advanced 40/60 front-to-rear full-time all-wheel-drive Quattro system.
However, as I have already noted, the entry-level version of the car was equipped with a relatively weak 3.0-liter diesel engine that doesn’t look particularly impressive even on lighter cars made by VAG, but here is simply pathetic.
In order to mitigate this problem, Abt has injected the Q7’s 3.0-liter TDI engine with a healthy dose of male hormones getting its maximum power output increased from 233 hp to more compelling 272 horsepower (the SUV crashes the scale at 2245 kg, after all, it weighs almost 100 kilos more than 2007 BMW X5 3.0d, which is equipped with a similar engine, but has whole 520 Nm of torque) and its peak torque also rises from 500 Nm to 580 Nm. Now, there is at least a good chance that you will be able to beat a stock Bimmer on a quarter mile distance.
And the native exhaust system has been thrown away to clear some space for a pair of 84mm double-barrels that make a lot stronger impression that the stock ones. To be frank, I am not as impressed with the add-on skid plate on the rear bumper since it just doesn’t look really organic to me and mostly serves as mark of a “tuned” car, but, well, it does look trendy and if you don’t like, too, you don’t have to install it, right?
The ECU-tuned diesel gets almost as powerful as the 3.6-liter VR6 FSI engine but delivers 60 percent more torque making the Q7 even more appealing in the city driving cycle.
If course, it is clear that thanks to Audi’s superb level of engineering Abt’s engineers didn’t have to rebuild the SUV from scratch. Well, they didn’t.
Instead, the German company equipped the Abt Q7 with a new body kit that includes fender extensions, new skirts all-round, added a stylish rear wing and painted the car with a two-colored contrasting paintjob.
Standard 18-inch tires are replaced with more aggressive 275/45 R20 or 295/30 R22 Conti CrossContact rubber that is wrapped around the huge Type AR one-piece wheels.
Photos: Abt Sportsline