The 2016 Audi SQ5 TDI Plus has just been launched becoming the latest in Audi’s ever-expanding range of S models.
Beneath the skin, the SQ5 TDI Plus is powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine delivering a total of 340 hp and 516.3 lb-ft of torque. Those figures represent an additional 27 hp and 36.9 lb-ft over the standard SQ5 TDI. Now, the SQ5 TDI Plus can reach 100 km/h in 5.1 seconds and continue to accelerate to an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h.
As with all Audi S models, the Audi SQ5 TDI Plus features permanent all-wheel drive and for the first time in a Q5 variant, a rear sport differential that actively distributes power to the rear wheels. As is important for a diesel car like this, it consumes just 6.6-litres of fuel per 100 km while emitting 174 g CO2/km.
From a visual standpoint, the car receives 21-inch gloss black aluminium wheels with a special twin five spoke star design and wrapped in 255/40 tyres. Elsewhere, black is found on the wing mirrors, door handles, roof spoiler and the rear diffuser. Inside, the SQ5 TDI Plus receives leather upholstered armrests and Nappa leather across the seats.
At launch, the special ‘Audi exclusive selection macaw blue’ package will be offered and limited to just 100 units. It includes a Macaw Blue paint finish, blue contrast stitching and sports seats with Nappa leather.
“Audi is further expanding its range of S models. In October, the new SQ5 TDI plus* will arrive at German dealerships with more power and driving pleasure and even more extensive equipment – with 250 kW (340 hp), sport differential and 21-inch wheels.
Even in its basic version, the successful Audi SQ5 TDI* comes as an SUV with the performance of a sports car. The plus version has an even higher power output. The biturbo V6 TDI produces 250 kW (340 hp) from its three liters of displacement by way of increased injection pressure. This results in 20 kW/27 hp more power compared to the SQ5 TDI. Its peak torque is increased by 50 (36.9 lb-ft) to 700 Nm (516.3 lb-ft). The powerful diesel SUV accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in just 5.1 seconds; the top speed is electronically governed to 250 km/h (155.3 mph). In the NECD cycle, it merely requires 6.6 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (35.6 US mpg) with emission of 174 g CO2/km (280.0 g/mi).
Like all S models from Audi, the SQ5 TDI plus delivers its power to the road via the quattro permanent all-wheel drive system. For the first time in the Q5 family, a sport differential at the rear axle actively distributes the drive power to the wheels. The SUV comes with gloss black 21-inch cast aluminum wheels in 5-twin-spoke star design from Audi Sport with size 255/40 R21 tires.
Audi has extended the standard black gloss package to include the exterior mirror housing, the door handles, the roof edge spoiler and the diffuser. A further visual customization feature on the exterior are two clasps that join the four exhaust tailpipes in pairs. Inside, the sliding rear seat bench increases variability and enlarges the luggage compartment, if necessary. The armrests in the door trims are upholstered in leather. The fine Nappa leather seat covers feature a diamond pattern in silver.
In addition to these features, quattro GmbH has put together the special equipment package “Audi exclusive selection macaw blue”, which is limited to 100 units, for the SQ5 TDI plus. The body is painted in the customized color macaw blue, crystal effect and the interior comes with sport seats in black fine Nappa leather. Matching the exterior color, the macaw blue contrasting stitching on the seats, the steering wheel, the selector lever gaiter and the floor mats provides colorful highlights. The inlays in aluminum/Beaufort, black, round out the overall concept. The exclusive equipment package can be ordered at launch from a price of €12,000 in the SQ5 TDI plus.
The Audi SQ5 TDI plus costs €67,700 in Germany.
Fuel consumption of the models named above:
Audi SQ5 TDI plus:
Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 6.7 – 6.6 (35.1 – 35.6 US mpg)**;
Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 177– 174 (284.9 – 280.0 g/mi)**
Audi SQ5 TDI:
Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 6.6 (35.6 US mpg);
Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 174 (280.0 g/mi)
**Fuel consumption, CO₂ emission figures and efficiency classes given in ranges depend on the tire/wheel sets used”