Audi brought more than just 4 Prototype race cars to Le Mans, they also brought along their first “S” badged diesel engine vehicle. The Audi compact crossover Q5 is the honored vehicle of choice by the company due to its versatility and popularity across the globe.
The 3.0-litre BiTDI engine powering the new SQ5 TDI produces a brawny 313HP and 479 ft-lb of torque between 1,450 and 2,800 rpm. Channeled 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 of which are a requirement for an Audi ‘S’ series performance badge thanks to its two turbochargers. The electromechanical power steering in the Audi SQ5 TDI is sensitive and highly efficient. Audi also provided a sport suspension, which lowers its body by 1.18 inches. 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 tires. Optional wheels measuring 21 inches in diameter are also available.
Available with standard leather trimmed interior the “S” badged seats, shift knob and doorsill plates are complimented by available aluminum, Carbon Atlas, Piano dash inlays or the newly available Aluminum/Beaufort wood black trim panels. Giving the SQ5 TDI a good look is one thing but providing enough space to enjoy a brisk trip away to the country side is what Q5 customers require. The luggage capacity is as much as 55 cubic feet, 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 5,300lbs.
One can only hope this model makes it state side as demand for such performance capable crossovers are becoming more of a need rather than a want.