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2014 Audi SQ5 Heads to Detroit With 354-HP

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Audi has announced that it will be bringing the 2014 Audi SQ5 to the Detroit Auto Show next week. Unlike the SQ5 that is sold in Europe and powered by a diesel engine, the 2014 SQ5 that we will see at the show next week will be powered by a 3.0L gas engine with 354 horsepower and 347 lb-ft. of torque. It reaches 0-62 mph in 5.3 seconds and has a top speed of 155 mph.

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The 2014 Audi SQ5 was designed specifically for markets such as the United States, Canada and China. In addition to the supercharged 3.0L engine, the 2014 SQ5 also gets an eight-speed tiptronic transmission and quattro permanent all-wheel drive with torque vectoring to transfer the power of the SQ5 to the road.

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The 2014 SQ5 has been lowered by 30 millimeters (1.18 in)and the springs and shock absorbers have been re-tuned. It rides on 20-inch wheels with 255/45-series tires; 21-inch wheels are available. The brake calipers on the front axle sport the SQ5 badge. The electromechanical steering not only plays a major role in the efficiency of the SQ5, it also provides very precise road feel. Audi also offers the optional dynamic steering with a steplessly variable ratio.

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To stand out from the other Q5 models, the 2014 SQ5 gets a platinum gray radiator grille with horizontal double bars in aluminum look. It also gets distinctive bumpers and a roof spoiler. V6 T badges adorn the front fenders. The gloss package and exterior mirrors in aluminum look accentuate the windows. In addition, there are two exclusive crystal-effect finishes: Estoril Blue and Panther Black. The interior gets instruments with gray dials and white numerals and the pedals and shift paddles have a shiny aluminum-look finish. The SQ5 is scheduled to arrive at U.S. dealerships in the third quarter of 2013.

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