An SUV with the performance of a sports car, Audi has thrown a sportier diesel at its home market SQ5
Here across the Atlantic, our Audi SQ5’s make a whopping 354 HP and 347 lb-ft thanks to a supercharged V6, but back in Germany it’s the diesels that rule the roads. And according to our motoring friends at Autoblog on their post earlier yesterday ( Sept. 7, 2015) there’s a new torque monster in Audi’s lineup of engines for 2016. In preparation for the 2015 Frankfurt Autoshow in its home country of Germany later this month, Audi has upgraded its potent turbo diesel in its Audi SQ5 TDI to the tune of 340 HP and 516 lb-ft of torque.
Give it the beans and this performance SUV will sprint to 60 MPH in 5.1 seconds with a top speed governed at 155 MPH. And talk about fuel efficient when tested on the NECD Cycle ( a different test cycle from the EPA), the diesel burner returns a generous 35.6 MPG.
Channeling all that power to the road is Audi’s legendary Quattro system with permanent all-wheel drive. Audi has also thrown a sport differential at the rear axle as well as shod each corner with gloss black 21-inch cast aluminum wheels.
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The only other cars in its class that matches and/or surpasses the performance of this diesel is the Porsche Cayenne S Diesel and BMW X5 M50d. At home, the similarly sized Porsche Macan Turbo is your only other German option that can sway you away from Audi’s offerings. Mind you, the current generation Audi SQ5 has 4,400 tow rating. We’d love to see that number put to good use with all that extra torque.