Reddit user Jdubbswrx spotted a rather deceptive move coming from the German automotive manufacturer Audi. He posted an image of the supposed exhaust of the new 2018 Audi SQ5 sporting fake, plastic looking exhaust tips, and it's just plain ridiculous.
Audi unveiled the new 2018 SQ5 last January at the Detroit Auto Show displaying the "Q" design language evolution with the SQ5 added to its expanding crossover and SUV lineup. The 2018 SQ5 will be powered with a different 3.0 litre TFSI twin turbo V6 engine that produces 350 hp (354PS), and 369lb-ft of peak torque that is achieved through a broad 1370 and 4500 rpm paired with an 8 speed automatic gearbox that sends enough power to all 4 wheels. The interior offers more space with regards to shoulder and rear-seat legroom and reportedly offers more cargo capacity when rear seats are folded down.
It has all the usual Audi sports trimmings including special sports seats with diamond pattern stitching. After a quick glance, the SUV looks like it is equipped with exhaust tips. In Audi's Canadian website, the German company confirmed that the car is fitted with quad tips. The company's outline summary of the SUV reads- the Q5's handsome, rugged lines are further heightened by the tradition of Audi S model. Suspensions lowered, exclusive body styling and quad exhaust tips show that the 2018 Q5 means business. But after being presented with the photograph, and upon close inspection, it seems the tips are totally fake and where the exhausts are supposed to be found are matte black plastic surrounded by silver chrome tips.
The German powerhouse manufacturer, for reasons not entirely known by the public, decided to make the exhausts awkwardly short, ending just after the large central muffler and pointing straight to the ground instead of being parallel to the ground. At the unveiling of the compelling SUV at the Detroit auto show, the recently spotted phony exhaust tips were nowhere to be seen although in the official press images of the unit, the displayed SUV appeared to be equipped with the real thing.
More car companies are said to be fitting fake exhausts to their releases. Among the cars that are spotted with the said fake exhausts are the Lexus IS F and the Ferrari California. Also, the Peugeot 308 GT is also guilty of being equipped with bogus tips just like the new Audi SQ5. This is clearly a business move coming from these car companies, and it is such a douche move since the loyal clients are paying a ton of money for the promised quality and craftsmanship. A shortcut in saving money in producing the said cars, a kind of go fast appliqué is somewhat more expected on American or Japanese sports car but is previously unheard of in German cars. Either way, it's not cool in any sense and maybe the companies can get a wake-up call when this thing goes viral.