Audi Q7

CSS A single engine to replace the V-8 and the V-6.

CnnSSnSD For 2011. Audi will jettison its V-6 and V-8 engines in the Q7 and replace them with a single engine offered with two different outputs. Using its 3.0-liter supercharged V-6 in 272-hp and 333-hp strengths, Audi will simplify the powertrain lineup while preserving the idea of a base engine plus a more powerful step-up option. In high-output trim, the 3.0T is down 17 hp versus the old 42-liter V-8 but matches the 325 Ib-ft torque rating. Thanks to the versatility of a new eight-speed automatic, the Q7 never feels lacking in forward thrust. Both versions of the 3.0T are projected to use less fuel than the engines they replace, but exact EPA numbers aren't yet available. The Q7's third powertrain. the turbo-diesel V-6, carries over, and it also receives the eight-speed automatic for 2011.

■ on sale: October I base price: $46,575 I specs: 3.0L supercharged V-6,

272/333 hp, 266/325 Ib-ft; 3.0L turbo diesel V-6,225 hp, 406 Ib-ft; 4-wheel drive

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