Report: Audi registers SQ5 and RSQ5 monikers

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 11, 2011

It appears that Audi is planning hotter versions of the Q5 Crossover, as the German manufacturer has just registered SQ5 and RSQ5 monikers. Still, this doesn’t mean that we will actually see these models, but we have to admit that there is a small chance to see a more powerful version of the Q5, as the upcoming Porsche Cajun will be based on the Q5. Furthermore, the Porsche Cajun is expected to have a top of the line version more powerful than the Audi Q5.

For those who don’t know, Audi unveiled two years ago at the 2009 Wörthersee Tour the Q5 Custom Concept, which previewed a more powerful version of the Q5, but then the financial crisis came and the German manufacturer decided to drop that plan. The Q5 Custom Concept was powered by the 3.0 TFSI V6 engine, found also on the Audi S4, delivering an impressive 408 hp (still, on the S4 the engine delivers 333 hp).

With these number, the car sprints to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.4 seconds, while the top speed is governed at 250 km/h (155 mph). Compared to the production model, the concept featured a track that was widened by 90 millimeters (3.54 in) and a ride height lowered by 60 millimeters (2.36 in).

The new Audi Q5 has the composure that can be expected from a sports saloon, including its highly variable interior and flexible options. However, in terms of dimensions, the new Audi Q5 is unmistakably a SUV -- 4.63 meters long, 1.88 meters wide, and 1.65 meters high.

Remarkably, the new Audi Q5 comes with a best-in-class low drag coefficient of just 0.33. It features elegant flowing lines that underscore its status as a member of the Audi family. It comes with a front end marked by emotional headlights flanking its large single-frame grille.

Customers could opt for for bi-xenon lamps and LED daytime running lights. Likewise, the new Audi Q5 is fitted with large wheels and rising edges. Its sloping roof – provided with a rail – highlights the SUV’s coupe-like styling. Its rear, meanwhile, features a wraparound aluminum tailgate that distinguishes the Q5 as a sibling of the Audi Q7.

Moreover, its tail lights could be specified with LED lighting technology. Providing the needed dynamics are its powerful and efficient engines, quattro permanent all-wheel drive and the seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission.

Along with the Audi drive select control system, these elements combine to form a performance SUV that could tackle all surfaces and all seasons. The exterior of the new Audi Q5 could be specified in any of the three options: standard black, contrasting color or a full body-colored finish. Moreover, the new Audi Q5 is available with two body packages.

For those wanting a sporty appearance, they may avail of the S line exterior package. For those seeking some adventure, they may avail of the off-road style package featuring 19-inch wheels and underbody protection in the front and back.

Topics: audi, crossover, audi sq5

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