Since the Audi SQ5 first came out, Bavarian tuner did nothing but think up different scenarios for this hot crossover. ABT Sportsline has been offering various upgrade packages for the latest generation. The aftermarket tuners are also revising the temporary top dog in the Q5 family with a wide array of upgrades for customers who cannot wait any longer for the Audi Sport to come out with the RS Q5.
When looking at it from the exterior, ABT gave the Audi SQ5 a new and more aggressive body kit that is wider than the original. They say that the SQ5 looks even more dominant in the rearview mirror after this upgrade. In fact, we would say that it is quite a comprehensive package with those wide hips granted by the fender extensions, together with a new front skirt and muscular side skirts that will definitely catch your attention.
Moving on to the rear, the ABT then gave the SQ5 a newly developed exhaust system with real tips covered in carbon that’s now in place of the decorative chrome housings of the standard model. The quad tips then have a pseudo diffuser that helps the crossover send out a sportier vibe that is enhanced by the prominent spoiler that’s attached to the roof.
Customers can choose between multiple alloy wheels that are available in different sizes - from a 20 inch set to a larger set of 22 inches in diameter that makes the car look sportier. Furthermore, ABT’s piece de resistance is a coilover suspension with springs that will let you lower the crossover by a maximum of 60 millimeters (2.4 inches). These make it look more like a hatchback instead of a CUV. These aren’t just for the vehicle’s looks though as they also improve handling.
Under the hood, it also got an upgraded engine - a turbocharged 3.0 liter V6 that has been tuned to carry out as much as 425 horsepower (313 kilowatts) and 405 pound-feet (550 Newton metres) of torque. That’s definitely an improvement from the standard output of 354 horsepower (260 kilowatts) and 369 pound feet (500 Newton metres) of torque.
As for performance, it can now do the 0-62 miles per hour (0-100 kph) acceleration in under 5.4 seconds, which is what the standard model does. And for the top speed, the automaker has not said anything about this but the new electronic limiter has been programmed to kick in at 155 miles per hour (250 kilometers per hour).
We have not seen photos of the ABT tweaked interior of the SQ5, but some of the trim pieces have been covered in carbon fiber - including the gearstick cover and start/stop button. The package has been completed with a projected logo of the tuner onto the ground when the door is opened.