Audi announces SQ5
Audi used the Le Mans weekend to announce it hot diesel SUV – the 309 bhp SQ5.
It has exactly the same power as the Range Rover TDV8, but of course in a much smaller package, being an astonishing 900 kg lighter.
As is becoming increasingly common (e.g. the new Ford Focus ST) it has a specially developed sound actuator to enhance the engine note – in the case of the Audi, it is part of the exhaust, rather than part of the inlet manifold, but the intention is the same.
The uprated engine is complemented by Sport suspension, which lowers the body by 30 millimetres. The standard 20-inch wheels, come with 255/45 tyres, and optional 21-inch wheels with even lower profile tyres are available. We would not recommend relying on tyres like that in the snow, no matter how clever the Quattro system may be.
The UK order book will open in October with prices around £45,000, ahead of first deliveries next spring.