Audi spices up its hard-hitting, high-performance SQ5 crossover
Audi pulled the wraps of its SQ5 model in Detroit writes Michael Taylor
Last year Audi revealed its new Q5 which is due in SA later in 2017. Now it has used the Detroit show to pull the wraps off a hard-hitting, 260kW version of the all-new Q5 crossover SUV. And, unlike Audi SUVs of the past, the SQ5 will favour oversteer over understeer thanks to a trick new centre differential. The company claims the mid-sized SUV will punch to 100km/h in 5.4 seconds on its way to an artificial top speed of 250km/h while displaying civilised road manners most of the time. The new warmed-up midsizer is 4,671mm long, 1,893mm wide and 1,635mm high, with seating for five and a 2,824mm wheelbase. At 1,995kg, the thing is still two tonnes, but Audi suggests it should be patted on the back for making it 35kg lighter than the old one. Unlike the upcoming RS4 and the yet-to-be-confirmed RSQ5, the SQ5 will use Audi’s in-house 3.0l V6 petrol engine, rather than the Porsche-developed 2.9l V6. While the two engines are worlds apart in philosophy but only a handful of cubic centime...