Audi SQ5 TDI: official images, info and video

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Audi introduces the SQ5 TDI, the new top of the range diesel version of the successful Q5 mid-sized SUV from the Ingolstadt-based manufacturer, which is powered by a 3.0-litre TDI twin turbo V6 credited with an output of 313 hp and 650 Nm between 1,450 and 2,800 rpm. The common rail system develops a pressure of 2,000 bar that proveides for 8 sprays of diesel in the combustion chambers of every cylinders for each cycle, while the sound of the car itself has been finely processed to be nice to the ears, thanks to an adjustable valve placed inside the exhaust system.

The 0-100 km/h (62 mph) sprint time is covered in just 5.1 seconds, with 250 km/h (155 mph) of top speed. The claimed fuel consumption of the SQ5 is relatively low when compared to its performance, as it is rated at 7.2 liters per 100 kilometers on average. Beside the engine, Audi engineers have modified the suspension and the chassis as well, lowering the vehicle body by 30 millimeters and stiffening the springs. Its 20″ rims are fitted with 255/45 tyres, although 21″ wheels are also available in case you want to further emphasize the aggressive look of the car.

This unusual ‘S’ version also introduces a number of new sporty bits that are especially visible in the aerodynamic upgrades of its bodywork that definitely do not affect the overall elegance of the model. The modified bumpers, the mirrors with platinum finish and the upgraded front grille surely add up to the punchy attitude of this car, just in case you would forget that there’s a strong 313 hp 3.0 twin turbo V6 lurking under that bonnet. The interior of the car has been updated and is now more sporty even though it retains the comfort, classic lines and elegance that are typical of all Audi cars. The SQ5 TDI is expected to hit the market in the first quarter of 2013, with prices in Germany starting at 58,500 €.

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