US-spec Audi SQ5 high performance crossover gets the turbo petrol treatment; Detroit 2013 Debut

Last year, Audi showcased the high performance version of the best selling Q5 crossover, dubbed the SQ5. While the 2013 Audi SQ5 showcased just before the LeMans 2012 endurance race, featured a 3 Liter TDI turbo diesel engine good for 308 Bhp and 650 Nm, the diesel powered SQ5 is a no-go for the US car market, which simply adores its petrol powered cars. So, Audi has plonked a massaged version of the 3 Liter TFSI turbo petrol motor into the US-spec Audi SQ5’s engine bay. The 3 Liter TFSI motor on the Audi SQ5 churns out a peak power of 349 Bhp while peak torque is rated at 470 Nm. The petrol powered Audi SQ5 will make its debut at the upcoming 2013 Detroit Motor Show.

2013 Audi SQ5 3.0 TFSI High Performance Crossover

2013 Audi SQ5 3.0 TFSI High Performance Crossover Front

All this power and torque is transmitted to all four wheels of the Audi SQ5 through the Quattro all wheel drive system. The 2013 Audi SQ5 features an eight speed tiptronic automatic gearbox that will put the power and torque generated by the 3 Liter turbo petrol motor to good use. The Audi SQ5 will dispatch the nought to 100 Kph sprint in 5.3 seconds, all the way to a top speed of 250 Kph, which is when the electronics will take over and limit the speed of this high performance crossover. That said, the gargantuan torque of the twin turbo 3 liter diesel engine on the SQ5 actually means that the diesel powered crossover accelerates faster than the petrol engined version to 100 Kph.

Looks wise, nothing really has changed on the petrol powered 2013 Audi SQ5, when compared to the diesel variant. Cosmetically, things remain pretty much the same with S badging, a tweaked front end with a new bumper and grille, and 20 inch wheels. On the inside too, the gear lever knob, door sill trims, start button, refreshed steering wheel, tweaked instrumentation cluster and the lighting package are changes specific to the SQ5 models. Like the diesel powered model, the petrol Audi SQ5 gets lowered suspension. The suspension is lowered by 20mm to ensure that the SQ5 hugs the road when it does the crazy speeds it is capable of.  The 2013 Audi SQ5 high performance crossover is the German luxury car maker’s answer to the AMG massaged Mercedes Benz M-Class SUV.

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