Audi SQ5 TDI


On the eve of 2012 Le Mans 24 hour race, Audi unveiled a new version of its Q5 crossover SUV called the SQ5. As is the case with Audi’s S models, it’s a high performance version, but it’s also a diesel. Nice combination.

The car does get some visual tweaks, 20-inch wheels and lowered suspension, but the engine is the most important part of it. The 3.0-litre BiTDI engine powering the new SQ5 TDI produces a brawny 313PS and 650 Nm of torque between 1,450 and 2,800 rpm. Channelled through an eight-speed tiptronic automatic transmission and via quattro all-wheel-drive it is good for a 0-62mph time of just 5.1 seconds and a governed 155mph top speed. All the while it manages 39.2  mpg fuel consumption.

As for the cost, the SQ5 goes on sale in October priced at circa £45,000, first deliveries in spring 2013.

Audi SQ5 TDI 11 Audi SQ5 TDI

More details in Audi press release below:

The TDI unit  more than makes the grade required for Audi ‘S’ series performance thanks to its two turbochargers, which are connected in series via a flap. Cylinder head cooling, the timing and lift of the intake cam shafts, the pistons, their oil-jet cooling and the piston pins have also been specially designed for high performance. The common rail system develops as much as 2,000 bar of pressure and injects as many as eight shots of fuel into the cylinders per cycle.

Lowered ride height

The electromechanical power steering in the Audi SQ5 TDI is sensitive and highly efficient. Sport suspension lowers its body by 30 millimetres. The standard 20-inch wheels, which at the front frame black brake callipers with ‘S’ badging,  feature a five parallel-spoke design and are fitted with 255/45 tyres. Optional wheels measuring 21 inches in diameter are also available. The optional Audi drive select system can be expanded upon request to include the dynamic steering system with its steplessly variable steering ratio.

The most eye-catching design cues distinguishing the new SQ5 TDI are the platinum grey single-frame grille with its galvanized double bars in an aluminium-look finish, the roof spoiler and the modified bumpers. The high-gloss package and the aluminium-look exterior mirrors accentuate the area around the windows. Audi offers the new top model in the crystal effect paint finishes Estoril Blue or Panther Black. The body includes a high proportion of ultra-high-strength steels, making it very light, safe and rigid.

As is typical for an S model, the interior is finished predominantly in black, but the headlining is optionally available in lunar silver. The power-adjustable sport seats are leather-upholstered as standard, complementing brushed aluminium inlays.  Inlay options include Carbon Atlas, Piano finish and the new Aluminum/Beaufort wood black trim panels.

The instrument dials are grey and include a 3D-design S badge, the needles are white and the pedals and shift paddles have an aluminium-look finish. Additional visual highlights in the interior are the S gear lever knob, the S badges on the door sill trims, the start button, the specially-shaped steering wheel and the lighting package.

Options also include Audi’s state-of-the-art assistance and infotainment systems as well as Audi connect services, bringing the many benefits of the internet to the car.

Luggage capacity is as much as 1,560 litres, making the SQ5 TDI the ideal car for active customers. It is also an unusually powerful towing vehicle, with a rated towing capacity of up to 2.4 metric tons.

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