The new Audi SQ5 TDI high-performance SUV is the first ever diesel-fuelled ‘S’ model to be seen on UK roads. Audi marks this milestone just six years after the Audi R10 became a part of history as the first ever sports prototype under TDI power to be a champion at Le Mans. The new high-performance SUV gives consumers a blend of 313PS and 41mpg-plus capability.
Audi has already started to take orders for this model, which has a price tag of £43,870 OTR. Deliveries in the UK will start next spring. The SQ5 TDI is able to do justice to the ‘S’ badge and also demonstrates the famous TDI frugality by using the newest 3.0-litre V6 BiTDI engine, which produces the 313PS output, delivered between 3,900 and 4,500rpm, with a peak 650 Nm of torque relayed between 1,450 and 2,800 rpm.
The SQ5 TDI is able to channel its power through an eight-speed tiptronic automatic transmission and via quattro all-wheel-drive. This enables the model to go from zero to 62mph in just 5.1 seconds and proceed to a limited 155mph top speed. The model utilizes innovative thermal management on the engine start-stop system and a regulated oil pump, enabling it to return 41.5mpg, under the official combined cycle test, resulting to a CO2 emissions level of 179g/km.
The potent new unit uses two turbochargers that are connected in series with the use of a flap. To achieve high performance, special designs were used for the cylinder head cooling, the timing and lift of the intake cam shafts, the pistons, their oil-jet cooling and the piston pins. The boundaries are blurred due to a sound actuator in the exhaust system, making the full-bodied V6 TDI exhaust note get a gruff edge that evokes memories of a classic sports car.