Five High-Riding, Sports Car Beating Tuner SUVs

Audi Q7 V12 TDI by ABT Sportsline

Name: ABT Q7 V12
Based On: Audi Q7 V12 TDI
Stock Power: 500 horsepower, 738 pound-feet
Tuned Power: 560 horsepower, 885 pound-feet

ABT Sportsline is a well known Audi, Volkswagen, Skoda, and Seat tuner that offers tuning packages for every model in the Audi lineup except for the new A1, which ABT plans to support in the near future. Although ABT tunes both of Audi's SUVs, the Q5 and Q7, the Q7 is undoubtedly the more extreme offering.

In Europe, Audi builds a version of its Q7 that uses a twin-turbo-diesel V-12 that it wants you to believe is derived from its Le Mans-winning R10 prototype. The two engines, however, share almost no components. No matter the Q7 V12 TDI's powerplant's actual origins, the 6.0-liter, twin-turbo-diesel is incredibly impressive. In stock form it puts out 500 horsepower and 738 pound-feet of torque, enough to launch Audi's 5900-pound Q7 to 62 mph in 5.5 seconds.

ABT Sportsline felt that even more power could be unleashed from the monster diesel engine. Sure enough, with a simple ECU reflash, ABT's tuned Q7 V12 TDI now throws down 560 horsepower and 885 pound-feet of tire-shredding torque. [jj4]With the increases in horsepower and more importantly, torque, the Q7 sprints to 62 mph in 5.3 seconds. This performance, like the engine, is relegated to Europe.

Of course, no tuned vehicle would be complete without exterior modifications and ABT offers a number of optional enhancements to round out the package. Buyers can opt for a complete aerodynamic package that includes lowered front and rear fascias, side skirts, and larger fender flares. ABT's optional suspension offers a pneumatically variable ride height and lowers the Q7 between 1.2- and 2.4-inches, depending on the setting. ABT also offers three choices of wheels, [jj6]all of which can be ordered with any finish[jj7] the customer desires. In addition to tuning the Q7's incredible turbo-diesel V-12, ABT also offers tuning for the 3.0-liter turbo-diesel V-6. Unfortunately we'll never see the V-12 tuning package in the States as it's relegated to markets where the engine is sold, namely Europe.

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