Audi unleashes more powerful SQ5 TDI Plus

Audi is such a tease. The Q5 can have the diesel treatment in the US, but the US SQ5 is a gasoline-fueled beastie. I think we're missing out. The torque monster Euro SQ5 gets a biturbo diesel V6 that puts out lots of power, prodigious levels of torque, and still returns excellent fuel economy. I guess they figure US consumers wouldn't understand the concept (although we are buying more diesels of late). In Germany starting this October, Consumers will be able to order a newer version of the SQ5 TDI, the SQ5 TDI Plus which will hit sixty mph from a standstill in just over five seconds and still return more than 36 mpg on the US cycle. The 3.0-liter biturbo diesel in the Plus model will put out 340 hp and an amazing 516.3 lb-ft of torque. Quattro all-wheel drive and 21-inch wheels are also added. A special Macaw Blue package (shown) is available to 100 customers looking to differentiate their SQ5 TDI from the rest. I still like black myself. The SQ5 TDI Plus won't be cheap with the addition of the Macaw Blue package pushing the vehicle close to six-figure (US) territory. If you've got it... It's a shame Audi doesn't offer the SQ5 TDI in the US. If you'd like one, let them know. Info after the jump. BTW, a new Q5 is right around the corner, so...

Source: Audi - Press release after the "read more" jump.

Press Release:
Even more power and top-of-the-line equipment: The Audi SQ5 TDI plus with 250 kW (340 hp)

  • The SQ5 TDI plus will launch on the German market in October 2015
  • 700 Nm of torque; from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.1 seconds
  • On request, exclusive equipment package from quattro GmbH
Audi is further expanding its range of S models. In October, the new SQ5 TDI plus* will arrive at German dealerships with more power and driving pleasure and even more extensive equipment – with 250 kW (340 hp), sport differential and 21-inch wheels.

Even in its basic version, the successful Audi SQ5 TDI* comes as an SUV with the performance of a sports car. The plus version has an even higher power output. The biturbo V6 TDI produces 250 kW (340 hp) from its three liters of displacement by way of increased injection pressure. This results in 20 kW/27 hp more power compared to the SQ5 TDI. Its peak torque is increased by 50 (36.9 lb-ft) to 700 Nm (516.3 lb-ft). The powerful diesel SUV accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in just 5.1 seconds; the top speed is electronically governed to 250 km/h (155.3 mph). In the NECD cycle, it merely requires 6.6 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (35.6 US mpg) with emission of 174 g CO2/km (280.0 g/mi).

Like all S models from Audi, the SQ5 TDI plus delivers its power to the road via the quattro permanent all-wheel drive system. For the first time in the Q5 family, a sport differential at the rear axle actively distributes the drive power to the wheels. The SUV comes with gloss black 21-inch cast aluminum wheels in 5-twin-spoke star design from Audi Sport with size 255/40 R21 tires.

Audi has extended the standard black gloss package to include the exterior mirror housing, the door handles, the roof edge spoiler and the diffuser. A further visual customization feature on the exterior are two clasps that join the four exhaust tailpipes in pairs. Inside, the sliding rear seat bench increases variability and enlarges the luggage compartment, if necessary. The armrests in the door trims are upholstered in leather. The fine Nappa leather seat covers feature a diamond pattern in silver.

In addition to these features, quattro GmbH has put together the special equipment package “Audi exclusive selection macaw blue”, which is limited to 100 units, for the SQ5 TDI plus. The body is painted in the customized color macaw blue, crystal effect and the interior comes with sport seats in black fine Nappa leather. Matching the exterior color, the macaw blue contrasting stitching on the seats, the steering wheel, the selector lever gaiter and the floor mats provides colorful highlights. The inlays in aluminum/Beaufort, black, round out the overall concept. The exclusive equipment package can be ordered at launch from a price of €12,000 in the SQ5 TDI plus.

The Audi SQ5 TDI plus costs €67,700 in Germany.

Fuel consumption of the models named above:

Audi SQ5 TDI plus:
Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 6.7 – 6.6 (35.1 – 35.6 US mpg)**;
Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 177– 174 (284.9 – 280.0 g/mi)**

Audi SQ5 TDI:
Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 6.6 (35.6 US mpg);
Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 174 (280.0 g/mi)

**Fuel consumption, CO₂ emission figures and efficiency classes given in ranges depend on the tire/wheel sets used.