Audi unveiled it’s Audi Q7 concept together with the worldwide unveiling of the Audi Q7 at the Frankfurt Motor Show 2005.
The Audi Q7 Hybrid Concept employs the use of an electric motor together with it’s 4.2 litre V8 FSI engine. The electric motor provides 200Nm of torque, and the V8 FSI provides 440Nm of torque and 350bhp. Those are huge numbers, and they’re put to the wheels through a 6-speed tiptronic transmission with Quattro permanent all-wheel drive.
The resulting fuel consumption is around 12 litres per 100km. That’s ridiculously good, considering the car is 2410 kgs and the engine is huge.
There has been a few changes in the engine bay over the conventional gasoline-only Audi Q7. The air cond compressor and power steering have been switched to use electricity power instead of powered by the engine. This is so they would continue to operate when the vehicle is operating under electric-only mode.
The electric motor which makes 200Nm of positioned between the engine bay and the torque converter, and there is a clutch that engages or disengages so that different drive configurations of combined electric-petrol, petrol-only or electric-only can be achieved. The battery system is stored at the rear under the boot compartment. The sunroof also has solar cells allowing the aircond to operate while the vehicle is parked under a hot sunny day.
With the additional torque of the electric motor, the Audi Q7 Hybrid is 0.6 seconds faster than the conventional Audi Q7 at 7.4 seconds in the 0-100km/h test. The conventional Q7 does it in 8 seconds.