The first generation Audi SQ5 was launched almost 10 years ago in 2012 and Audi wanted to demonstrate the sporty attributes and their aspirations for this new SUV by launching it at the 24-hour race at Le Mans, where the SQ5’s high performance impressed.
Almost a decade later and Audi have produced their second generation version and has given Bavarian vehicle tuners ABT Sportsline the opportunity to wring yet more power out of the already powerful diesel engine in the new SQ5.
In stock form, the 3.0 TDI SQ5 has 341 HP (251kW) and 700 Nm of torque. Tuned, ABT Sportsline have managed to get an impressive 385 HP (283 kW) and 760 Nm of torque out of the engine facilitated by the performance upgrade ABT Power, which is based on the high-tech control unit ABT Engine Control (AEC).
The ABT Engine Control guarantees optimal power utilisation whilst at the same time protecting the engine. In its tuned form the SQ5 will accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (0 to 62 mph) in under 5 seconds.
To improve the handling of the SQ5, ABT suspension springs have been fitted to increase the transverse dynamic potential and enable more efficient transfer of the additional horsepower to the road. Adjustable lowering from 35 to 60 mm also provides the perfect aesthetic.
As well as improving the overall performance of the Audi SQ5, ABT also offer a range of four stylish rims to compliment the vehicle’s sporty look. The wheels on the car in these photographs are fitted with the 21-inch HR model rims finished in glossy black.
To check out the other wheel options and features for the ABT SQ5 SUV, please visit the ABT Configurator.
Simon Burrell is Editor of Our Man Behind The Wheel, a member of The Guild of Motoring Writers, professional photographer and former saloon car racing driver.
Photographs courtesy of ABT Sportsline