In conjunction with the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Audi is presenting us the new SQ5 TDI. It is the first model of the Q line to feature an “S” badge and also it is the first S model to feature a diesel engine. So, reading the the SQ5 comes with Audi’s 3 litre twin turbo diesel engine, the 3.0 TDI, that develops 313 hp (230kW) and 650Nm of torque between 1450 and 2800 rpm, is actually surprise squared. This results in 5.1 sec for the 0 – 100 km/h and 250 km/h of top speed. Yet, what is most impressive, is the average fuel consumption of just 7.2 l/100km.
The technology that comes as standard with the S!5 TDI is at great levels. A Start/Stop system and a 8 speed tiptronic gearbox are standard and so is Audi’s famous Quattro system, in its Torsen form (opposed to the Haldex system, found in the A3, and A3 based Q3). These are combined with Audi’s electromechanical power steering and a sport suspension that lowers the ride height 30mm. The most easily exterior changes over the normal Q5, are the 20″ wheels with a five parallel-spoke design (21″ wheels are optional), the black brake calipers with the “S” badge on the front axle, the platinum gray single-frame grille, the roof spoiler, the modified bumpers and the aluminum-look exterior mirrors.
Sales are expected to start in the first quarter of 2013 with prices starting at €58.500 in Germany.
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