Audi Puts Its Plus Badge On The SQ5 To Make It More Ballistic

In the endless quest for power, Audi tweaks the SQ5 for a little extra oomph.

309 horses and 650 Nm (479 lb-ft) of torque would have sufficed a couple of years ago, but now a compact crossover clearly needs more. Audi perfectly understands the continuous demand of power, grunt and whatnot and that’s why it now offers a Plus variant for the SQ5 model.

We all know what a “Plus” badge can do to a car, but we trust that Audi uses it in moderation this time – especially after the S8 mess, where the German car maker dropped a little too much “Plus” into the mixture.

Still, in this particular case, the badge bedizens the SUV’s 3.0-liter, twin-turbocharged, diesel V6 with an additional 26 horses and 50 Nm (36.9 lb-ft) of torque.

That translates into a ballistic 335 hp (340PS), 700 Nm (516 lb-ft) of torque monster that can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.1 seconds and reach a limited top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph). All this while requiring – in the NEDC cycle – only 6.6 liters of diesel per 100 kilometers. That’s 35.6 mpg US.

Anyway, like all Audi S models, this too puts its tremendous torque on the asphalt through the Quattro all-wheel-drive system. Moreover, for the first time in the Q5 range, the new SQ5 Plus comes equipped with a sport differential at the rear axle, which actively distributes the driving power to the wheels.

In addition to all these features and to celebrate the updated SQ5 model, Audi has put together the “Audi exclusive selection macaw blue” package, limited to only 100 units. The exclusive equipment pack can be ordered from a price of €12,000 ($13,374) and features a “macaw blue” body paint, sport Nappa leather seats, special floor mats and aluminum/beaufort inlays.

The Audi SQ5 TDI Plus costs €67,700 ($75,451) in Germany.

PHOTO GALLERY

Renault Zoe EV Might Be 7 Years Old But Still Gets The Thumbs Up

The outgoing Zoe electric car is still a wise choice, offering customers an affordable and friendly daily commuter .

China’s Chevrolet Onix Redline Detailed, Packs 123HP 1.0L Three-Cylinder

The Onix compact sedan is GM’s first model to be built on its new GEM platform .

This Is How Koenigsegg Created The 300MPH Jesko Hypercar

The paint process alone takes 600-800 hours, so customers will justify spending $3 million on the Jesko.

DMC Gives The RWD Lamborghini Huracan A Body Kit, Calls It The Giro

This tuned Huracan LP580-2 keeps changes to a minimal level, with a few visual add-ons.

Female Uber Drivers In Saudi Arabia Can Request To Have Only Female Passengers

The Kingdom lifted its ban on female driving last June, and Uber is complying with its customers’ wishes.

2019 New York Auto Show: A-to-Z Guide To All The New Car Debuts (Roundup)

Want to know about every new car launching at the 2019 New York Auto Show? Read on.

2020 BMW 4-Series Convertible Gives Us Our First Topless Look

Don’t expect a proper sports car like the BMW Z4, however.

Man Gets Gun Pulled On Him During Scary Road Rage Incident

The road rage incident was caught on two videos taken by the victim and the aggressor.

All Hail The World’s First Battery Electric “Classic” Ford Bronco

EV startup Zero Labs has rebuilt the classic Bronco and gave it a 360hp electric powertrain.

New Ram 1500 EcoDiesel Reportedly Coming Later This Year

The upcoming Ram 1500 EcoDiesel should have a 3.0-liter V6 that produces 260 hp and 442 lb-ft of torque.