The German 2008 Audi Q7 behemoth of a crossover SUV has just received a brand new body kit from the local JE Design tuning specialist. Although I still think that providing something, which is essentially a luxury business car in a form factor of an SUV, with a “sporty” body kit is like installing tube bars on a Mercedes-Benz S-Class, I am pretty much impressed with the new body kit that the German tuner has developed.
The new version of the kit looks a whole lot better than their first effort in upgrading the Q7 — the bad and ugly, Zeppelin-like wide-body styling kit introduced almost two years ago.
This very time, guys from JE Design wisely employed a subtler and more elegant means of personalizing your oversized gas-guzzling baby.
The appearance kit, as you can see on the pictures, features new front bumper with lowered spoiler and a simple rear bumper. With its oversized wheel arch extensions and lowered ground clearance, the SUV somehow resembles an overgrown Dodge Caliber, but at least it doesn’t look like a feat from Pimp My Ride TV show any more.
The JE Design Audi Q7 Street Rocket comes painted in a gorgeous brandy wine color, which is matched to similarly colored “carbon-fiber” details inside the car. I seriously doubt that the trim parts are made of real carbon, though. Most likely, these are the original plastic details covered with a much more affordable adhesive-backed vinyl film with a red carbon-fiber pattern printed on it.
Well, at least the technical improvements feel quite real to me.
The Audi Q7’s 3.0-liter TDI engine got its power increased to 285 hp and 550 Nm getting its zero to 100 km/h acceleration time slashed by 0.7 sec to more tolerable 8.4 seconds. Well, it certainly doesn’t make the car a rocket and it still sucks a great deal compared to the BMW X5 xDrive35d 6.9 seconds time, but at least it looks like a fast car, right?
Photos: JE Design
See also: 2007 Audi Q7 SUV tuned by Nothelle