Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Audi Q7 Coastline Concept

2008 Audi Q7 Coastline Concept
Audi Press Release

2008 Audi Q7 Coastline ConceptAudi is presenting a very special concept car at the Geneva Motor Show: The Audi Q7 coastline combines the breathtaking power of a V12 TDI with the elegant style of an exclusive yacht. A large part of the high-performance SUV’s exterior and interior is bathed in a trendy white. Under the hood resides the world’s strongest diesel engine in a series-production vehicle – the 6-litre V12 capable of delivering 368 kW (500 hp) of power.

The Audi Q7 coastline comes in Inuit, a special white that creates a pearl effect reminiscent of the glistening luminance of the polar region. Audi, the leading brand in automotive design, initiated a popular trend with this colour years ago – studies such as the white Shooting Brake Concept displayed at the Geneva Motor Show 2006 have become style-setters.

In contrast to the production version of the Q7 V12 TDI, the casing for the exterior mirrors on the Audi Q7 coastline is white as well; the single-frame radiator grill and the side air intake slots come in dark High Gloss Steel. The Audi Q7 coastline has the same body modifications as the Audi Q7 V12 TDI, with widened wheel arches and striking front and back bumpers that immediately catch the eye.

2008 Audi Q7 Coastline ConceptThe equally stylish and trendy interior is dominated by alabaster white, a colour popular on luxury yachts. Also in luminous white are the carpet, embroidered floor mats made of fine wool, pillar trim, roof lining, seat upholstery made of plush velvet and Valcona leather, seatbelts, steering wheel, the front of the cockpit and the door trim. The majority of the switches and controls as well as the instrument panel with cowl are likewise in this trendy colour from Audi.

In the interior, additional accents are set by aluminium elements on components such as the air inlet nozzles and door handles. Further trendy touches include nut brown piping on the seats as well as fine brown piping on the instrument panel and the door. Parts of the armrest, the gearshift lever knob and the inner door sill trims are made of American walnut veneer in which thin strips made of dark smoked oak wood have been embedded as a further maritime reference. The same combination can also be found on the floor of the luggage compartment, which contains two integrated folding boxes. The wood is waxed, not varnished. As a result, the pores in the wood remain open, giving it a uniquely charming feel and silky glow.

Technical Specifications
Engine: 6.0 litre TDI V12
Aspiration: Turbocharged
Maximum Power: 500 hp (375 kW)
Maximum Torque: 738 lb-ft (1,000 Nm)
Transmission: Six-speed tiptronic
Drivetrain: All-wheel drive

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