Audi Reveals SQ5 TDI

(Saturday 16 June 2012)

Audi SQ5 TDI.

Audi has been producing high-performance S models for many years, but none of them have used diesel engines. That, however, is about to change, as the company has unveiled its SQ5 TDI - appropriately enough at Le Mans, where diesel Audis (one a hybrid with an electric motor driving the front wheels) have locked out the front row for this year's 24-hour race.

The SQ5 TDI is based on the Q5 SUV and is fitted with a 309bhp three-litre twin-turbo diesel engine driving all four wheels through an eight-speed automatic gearbox. Top speed is limited to 155mph, and a better idea of the car's potential comes from the 0-62mph time of 5.1 seconds. Modern technology means that the SQ5 can also achieve 39.2mpg on the combined EU test, though it would be unwise to buy one assuming that it will do this every day. Or perhaps even any day.

The choice of exterior colours available for the SQ5 is limited to Estoril Blue and Panther Black, both of them with a crystal-effect finish. As standard, the car sits on 20" wheels with 255/45 tyres, though 21" wheels are on the list of optional extras.

Without any of those options (though it's difficult to imagine a well-heeled customer delving into them to at least some extent) the SQ5 TDI is expected to cost around £45,000. The exact figure will be confirmed nearer to October, when UK dealers will be able to start accepting orders.

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