The performance SUV market is growing increasingly competitive, especially with the advent of the Porsche Macan and numerous exotic rivals, such as Bentley and Lamborghini, moving into the genre. To respond to this thirst, Audi has released an SQ5 featuring its infamous ‘plus’ badge.
Just in case the original 230kW wasn’t enough, Audi has bumped up the SUV’s 3.0-litre, twin-turbo V6 diesel power plant to around 250kW of power and 700Nm of torque, the latter a 50Nm boost against the car’s lower-spec sibling… and on-par with the heroic RS 6 Avant uber-wagon from Audi.
The Audi SQ5 plus will accelerate from 0-100km/h in 5.1 seconds before reaching its electronic limiter at 250km/h. Driven more sedately, the SQ5 plus can maintain an economy rating of 6.6L/100km.
All Audi S models feature a Quattro all-wheel-drive system. Added to this system on the SQ5 plus is an active sport differential which is capable of ‘vectoring’ drive from left to right.
In addition to the SQ5 plus performance upgrades, several aesthetic touches have been put in place. Diamond-quilted Nappa leather upholstery highlights the interior, while outside Sport exhaust tips, gloss mirror housings and door handles, a tailgate spoiler, diffuser and 21-inch alloy wheels are exclusive to the car.
The beefed-up SQ5 plus will arrive in Australia in the first quarter of 2016, with pricing and local specifications released closer to then.
However the Audi will be available in Germany from October 2015, starting at €67,700, or around $110,000 in local currency. For reference, the current Audi SQ5 TDI has a driveaway price of $102,257, so we don’t expect much change from $120K.