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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Welly 1:24 Audi's part 3: 2005 Audi Q7 SUV




The Audi SUV line all began with the 2003 Pikes Peak Quattro concept that, alongside a LeMans concept that previewed the R8, showed the future of Audi.  Even more this was the third iteration of a VW group platform shared with VW's first SUV, the Touareg, and Porsche's first SUV, the Cayenne, and the Q7 was itself distinct from these two as well.





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The Q7 was the first SUV on this platform to be stretched to accommodate three rows of seats, use a less-extreme 4WD system with the Quattro all-wheel drive system, and the first passenger vehicle to house a turbodiesel V-12 motor.  This Welly version is powered by the 4.2L DOHC V8 that shows off the details well despite being a big motor in a small engine compartment.  The valve covers have the red spark plug wires, the silver cross intake is larger, and even more details surround from the coolant resovoir to the caps for other fluid containers as well.  The V8 motor produces 350 hp. and 320 Ib-ft of torque through a 6-speed automatic transmission.  The newest Audi Q7 has shrunken a bit yet still retains the same platform and same three rows of seating.






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The base shows off much more details with little undercarriage protection.  The coverage hides the lower part of the engine and transmission, but then starts to show the transfer case, drivetrain, the suspension links, and then the exhaust system that leads to a large muffler at the rear with dual brass tipped exhaust ends.  A few things to note: yes I added silver details to the exhaust and drivetrain components, and in order to access the two rear screws to remove the base from the body the rear muffler must come out first (it snaps off).  The wheels are nice double 5-spoke wheels, yet they lack any brake rotor and caliper detailing.  The exterior of this truck is big and longer than the other two, making it feel like a minivan than a nimbler SUV.  The front has a smoother look with swept-back headlights that feature detail lenses, lower side grilles have upper LED/signal lights, while the foglights move to the lower trim piece.  The center grille is large with Audi rings and Q7 plate.





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The sides add ruggedness with lower black trim, while the roof has silver roof rails where on my tester the mounting holes are a bit large and visible.  The rear window is contoured by a rear spoiler with integrated brake light, the taillights integrated into the large opening hatch (the taillights have quad inner lenses like the Audi R8 taillights), separate black plate area and lower bumper lights with detailed reverse lamps.  The interior is the most spacious and contented interior of the three Audi's here.  All three rows have supportive seats with headrests in the upright position and detailed seat belt buckles in red, and yes all of them can support full-grown adults.  The door panels have detailed handles, switches, and as a change of pace wood trim.  Wood trim also adorns the center console with the shifter, MMI controller knob, and arm rest with a cupholder.  The center stack has quite a bit of buttons and the screen on top borders between too small and just right.  The 4-spoke steering wheel with even more impressive gauge pods with silver rings and even the pedals below get a touch of chrome trim.





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For being a big utility vehicle for Audi this Q7 still has the looks and sporty prescience of other Audi models.





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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Welly 1:24 Audi's part two: Audi Q5 SUV




Earlier this year I profiled the 1:43 pullback Audi Q3 that was in the Welly line.  What I didn't know that Welly has made the other two Audi SUV's in larger scales.  The Q5 is the next size up based on the A4 sedan and like the A4 it boasts the sportiest features in the group.







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The Q5 was the long-overdue sequel to the Q7 and for those who really do not need all that heft that the Q7 packs.  When this was introduced in 2009 it finally brought success in Audi's SUV sales.  The Q5 still has most of the styling touches of the Q7 with a more aggressive SUV-like front-end (just like the Q3), but unlike the Q3 the Q5 still borders on the Utility aspect of the SUV nomenclature.  The platform is different than the Q7 as it uses the MLP platform that uses a more car-like setup, but unlike the Q3 it still has a longitudinal engine layout.  This Q5 may suggest being powered by the same 3.2L V6 as the A4, but under the hood reveals a different engine (prompting me to remove the rear hatch engine badge): it's a 2.0L DOHC turbodiesel TDI I-4 that produces 141 hp. and 236 Ib-ft of torque to another unconventional SUV setup: a six-speed manual transmission.  It then goes to the Quattro all-wheel drive system, though despite the higher ground clearance this is not a rough and tumble SUV, nor as capable as the Q7.  Sadly the engine compartment, unlike other Audi's in this group, is covered up with only the brake accumulator and coolant resovoir details.  Also note the details to the front strut brace support.





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The same thing goes on underneath as the base shows nothing much at the covered front, then shows off the exhaust and drivetrain components at the rear, which of course I enhanced with added details, and out to only one exhaust exit.  The wheels don't look as sporty, but are a nice touch and like the A4 it has brake calipers and rotors, but you have to add your own touch of black to make the rotors pop out.  The exterior is amazing as the red color at first looks dull but really pops out after I cleaned the SUV.  It looks so great that it says to the other Audi's "Why choose white?"  The front has a smaller grille with a thicker chrome surround, Audi rings, Q5 plate, lower side scoops with foglights, and detailed headlights with projector beam and LED running lights.  The sides show a nice balance between sporty sedan and SUV with a smooth beltline accented by lower black trim.  The rear has the typical Audi SUV look with the LED taillights wrapped inside the wide liftgate opening.  The lower bumper has added lights where I had to add the reverse lamps, while the roof has a rear spoiler, antenna, and silver roof rails.






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Inside the Q5 like the A4 has a nice balance of sport and technology.  The steering wheel is a 3-spoke steering wheel that sits a tad bit too low, just ahead of properly detailed gauges.  The pedals have silver added, along with the center console and dashboard trim as well.  The center stack is centered toward the driver with a larger MMI screen; controls are still mounted below the shifter alongside the starter button.  That big speaker on the center of the dashboard is actually the speaker for the hands-free phone operation.  The door panels again have detailed silver trim, while the seats are supportive, including the rear despite being a bit snug.  Downside here is the lack of an opening rear hatch to access a cargo area that hides behind a cover.  Otherwise this Audi Q5 has a unique look of its own: lots of utility, sporty nature, fuel-efficient diesel motor with gears to row your own, and a gorgeous metallic red color.



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