To coincide with the kick off the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Audi is unveiling a new performance version of the Audi Q5 crossover, the 2013 Audi SQ5 TDI. It's powered by a 3.0L TDI diesel engine with two turbochargers that gives it an output of 313 horsepower and 479 lb-ft. of torque.
The Audi SQ5 reaches 0-62 mph in 5.1 seconds and has a top speed of 155 mph. Fuel consumption on the European cycle is just 7.2 liters per 100 km (32.67 US mpg). The engine is mated to an eight-speed transmission and quattro permanent all-wheel drive with torque vectoring.
The SQ5 stands apart from the other Q5 models with a platinum gray single-frame grille with its galvanized double bars in an aluminum-look finish, the roof spoiler and the modified bumpers. Audi will offer the SQ5 in either Estoril Blue or Panther Black. The interior gets sport seats that come standard in Pearl Nappa leather/Alcantara. Leather upholstery in a choice of four colors is available as an option. Brushed aluminum inlays are standard. Options include Carbon Atlas, Piano finish and the new Aluminum/Beaufort wood black trim panels.
The Audi SQ5 TDI will roll into dealerships the first quarter of 2013, with prices starting at €58,500. The SQ5 probably won't be offered in the U.S.
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