2013 Audi SQ5 TDI unveiled [videos]

Boasts 313 PS (230 kW / 309 hp)

Audi has unveiled the SQ5 TDI, ahead of its debut at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Looking decidedly aggressive, the model features new bumpers, a revised grille and a tailgate-mounted spoiler. There's also a sport-tuned suspension (which reduces the ride height by 30mm), faux-aluminum mirror caps and 20-inch alloy wheels.

Interior changes are limited, but the cabin has been equipped with sport seats, revised instrumentation and plenty of S badging.

Power comes from a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 TDI engine that produces 313 PS (230 kW / 309 hp) and 650 Nm (479 lb-ft) of torque. It is connected to an eight-speed tiptronic transmission that sends power to a quattro all-wheel drive system. This enables the crossover to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 5.1 seconds, hit a top speed of 250 km/h (155mph) and average 7.2 L/100km (32.7 mpg US / 39.2 mpg UK).

The SQ5 TDI will go on sale early next year and pricing starts at €58,500.

Published Jun 16th, 2012 2:55am By Michael Gauthier
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The new Audi SQ5 TDI: Twin-turbo V6 diesel with 313 hp

The SQ5 TDI is the brand's first S model with a diesel engine Zero to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 5.1 seconds, average fuel consumption of just 7.2 liters per 100 km (32.67 US mpg)

In conjunction with the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Audi is presenting the new top model of its recently revised Q5 model series - the Audi SQ5 TDI. Boosted by two turbochargers, its 3.0 TDI produces a brawny 230 kW (313 hp) and 650 Nm (479.42 lb-ft) of torque between 1,450 and 2,800 rpm. The Audi SQ5 TDI will roll into dealerships in the first quarter of 2013 and is the first S model in the history of Audi with a diesel engine.

The powerful TDI, which displaces 2,967 cc, uses a twin-turbo design in which the two turbochargers 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 been specially designed for the high-performance concept. 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. The 3.0 TDI biturbo has a great sound. This sound is further modulated by a sound actuator in the exhaust system - a loudspeaker in short side channel.

The Audi SQ5 TDI sprints from zero to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 5.1 seconds; top speed is 250 km/h (155.34 mph). Fuel consumption is on average just 7.2 liters per 100 km (32.67 US mpg). Innovative thermal management, the start-stop system and the regulated oil pump all contribute to this top figure. A fast and smooth-shifting eight-speed tiptronic and quattro permanent all-wheel drive with torque vectoring transfer the power of the brawny V6 diesel to the road.

The electromechanical power steering in the Audi SQ5 TDI is sensitive and highly efficient. The sport suspension lowers the vehicle body by 30 millimeters (1.18 in). The standard 20-inch wheels feature a five parallel-spoke design and are fitted with 255/45 tires. Audi offers optional wheels measuring 21 inches in diameter. The black brake calipers on the front axle sport S badges. 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 are the platinum gray single-frame grille with its galvanized double bars in an aluminum-look finish, the roof spoiler and the modified bumpers. The high-gloss package and the aluminum-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 has black trim and exudes a sporty elegance. The headlining is optionally available in lunar silver. The power-adjustable sport seats come standard in Pearl Nappa leather/Alcantara. Leather upholstery in a choice of four colors is available as an option. Brushed aluminum inlays are standard. Options include Carbon Atlas, Piano finish and the new Aluminum/Beaufort wood black trim panels.
The instrument dials are gray and include a 3D-design S badge, the needles are white and the pedals and shift paddles have an aluminum-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 and the specially-shaped steering wheel, the S welcome screen and the lighting package. Luggage capacity is as much as 1,560 liters (55.09 cu ft), making the SQ5 TDI the ideal car for sporty and active customers. It is also an unusually powerful towing vehicle, with a rated towing capacity of up to 2.4 metric tons (5,291.09 lb).

The Audi SQ5 TDI will roll into dealerships the first quarter of 2013, with prices starting at €58,500. Customers can also choose to have it equipped with Audi's state-of-the-art assistance and infotainment systems as well as Audi connect services.


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khlbt khlbt
Love the sound of the grunty diesel engine...
Jul 6th, 2012 4:51am
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MirzaZamir MirzaZamir
Jul 1st, 2012 9:46am
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rambo_005 rambo_005
I wonder how long until we see the S4/S5 TDI with this engine...
Jun 20th, 2012 4:00am
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quattrosport quattrosport
Nice car but remember what did Ferdinand Porsche said : driving pleasure starts at 4000 rpm .... I still agree. :-)
Jun 17th, 2012 7:45pm
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Shumy Shumy
where did you get this? I google it and nothing came out...
Jun 19th, 2012 7:21pm
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i love how its diesel
Jun 16th, 2012 10:31pm
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lex33122 lex33122
this engine needs to go in the A4/5
Jun 16th, 2012 8:38pm
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BanfSnieder BanfSnieder
Off topic, but why doesn't Audi offer a Diesel-Hybrid for road cars? I cant think of a more efficient combination of powertrains. For that matter why doesn't any other automaker do it--just though Audi because of leMans.
Jun 16th, 2012 3:07pm
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clash_189 clash_189
Pug does it for 3008 HY and 508 RXH. Only they aren't tuned for performance and offered with ECG only. This S Q5 will certainly be a beast with its bizarre 650 Nm. No car in this segment can compete with the for rings. Personally I also prefer this diesel compared to V6 TFSI and happy to see Audi is doing so, because it simply has 50% more torque.
Jun 16th, 2012 6:41pm
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greabjon greabjon
respect AUDI.
Jun 16th, 2012 12:58pm
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Microice Microice
Been a long time coming. I thought they would go with a charged V6 petrol and double clutch. Is it an issue of torque by opting for the automatic? Or saving the double clutch for the Macan 'performance' models and I guess the petrol V6. Speculation aside, give me 1 in Daytona gray.
Jun 16th, 2012 10:29am
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clash_189 clash_189
I guess, it is the torque because I am yet to see dual-clutch tranny being applied in any performance oriented cars within VW group that has torque above 500Nm. Even R8 uses R-tronic, Lamborghini cars are yet to have DSG as well. It looks like VW only builds (or sources) their DSG for standard uses of car, because DSG's weakness is its weight and it requires heavy modification to make it handles higher performance uses.
Jun 16th, 2012 6:52pm
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JoeKav JoeKav
Bugatti Veyron
Jun 16th, 2012 8:04pm
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lex33122 lex33122
yea...true that...and a veyron style DSG may be too expensive for these mainstreams models...for the while at least... but then again, the S6 an S7 make 400 + lb ft (542 + Nm)...so maybe it isnt that far off...
Jun 16th, 2012 8:35pm
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clash_189 clash_189
JoeKav, I am sorry to forget mention Veyron, if I am correct that gearbox is sourced from differrent entity (I think it is made by Riccardo) and the cost will be off he chart.
Jun 17th, 2012 3:51am
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tumbo tumbo
WOW!! My jaw dropped to the ground when I saw the car. Perfection in any way. Perfect design, perfect color, perfect engine. I wih it would be named Q5-S though. But WOW just WOW. Most desirable Audi right now. I will wait or the petrol version though, with the 3.0TFSI, before I place my order. Bravo Audi. Bravo!
Jun 16th, 2012 10:17am
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Ratt Ratt
The car looks good, it has a great engine and superb interior, but your description is like you've just seen an R8.
Jun 16th, 2012 2:51pm
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lol yeah exactly. Ok good car and good engine but saying my jaw dropped to the ground and perfection in any way is like seeing the Aventedor or a Zonda for the first time
Jun 18th, 2012 12:26am
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Shumy Shumy
tumbo, I respect the fact that you have you are a q5 fan and your enthusiasm is great but this car is not exiting in my opinion. Plus, a diesel engine for an S car? I am completely against the diesel performance cars. 0.30-0.33, that's not what I am looking for in a performance car...
Jun 19th, 2012 7:25pm
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vilivo vilivo
WAIT! Does that reak "SKEW 5"? Nothing against the car, but that is a daft name.
Jun 16th, 2012 6:23am
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classicbob classicbob
better than SQ-U?
Jun 16th, 2012 8:41am
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clash_189 clash_189
Yah that was in my mind too, Q5 S would be a better name. BMW solved naming problem for M X5 by placing M behind the series for it and also for future X-series M version. Audi will have to consider that practice to avoid public misconception.
Jun 16th, 2012 8:43am
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rambo_005 rambo_005
I agree - Audi got it right with the TTS and TT RS. This should be the Q5S. Maybe they thought it would be too easily confused with a Q5 S-line?
Jun 20th, 2012 3:59am
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