Over in Europe-land, the Audi SQ5 is a diesel-powered monster capable of sending a whopping 479 pound-feet of torque to its wheels. Naturally, this beast isn't coming to the States, but that doesn't mean we're missing out on the whole SQ5 experience altogether. At the Detroit Auto Show this week, Audi is debuting a new gasoline-powered version of the hot crossover, and while it's not quite the oil-burning dreamboat we've lusted after from afar, we certainly wouldn't kick it out of bed.

Instead of a diesel, we get a boosted version of Audi's supercharged 3.0-liter V6, good for 354 horsepower and 346 pound-feet of torque. Running through an eight-speed automatic transmission, the SQ5 will reportedly be able to fire off 0-60 times in the low-five-second range and will top out at an electronically limited 155 miles per hour. Suspension upgrades are on hand to improve road-going prowess, but also lower the Q5's stance a bit, too.

Because this is an S model, there are plenty of visual upgrades on hand, including a more aggressive front fascia, 20-inch wheels and some pretty new colors including Estoril Blue and Panther Black. Interior upgrades like Alcantara trim and aluminum brightwork add to some sportiness from the cockpit view, as well.

It's a honey, this SQ5, diesel power or not. Take a look below to read the official details from Audi.
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Audi SQ5 now with gasoline engine and 354 dynamic hp

- SQ5 with 3.0 TFSI engine at the Detroit Auto Show
- From zero to 100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 5.3 seconds
- 250 km/h (155 mph) top speed

The new Audi SQ5 shown at the Detroit Auto Show is the first ever to be powered by a gasoline engine – in this case one producing 260 kW (354 hp) and 470 Nm (346.65 lb-ft) of torque The new top-of-the-line model, which was designed specifically for markets such as the United States, Canada and China, uses a 3.0 TFSI engine with forced induction. It sprints from zero to 100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 5.3 seconds on its way to a top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph).

The new SQ5 is powered by a free-revving, supercharged, three-liter V6 engine with a displacement of 2,995 cc. Its compressor sits in the 90-degree V of the cylinder banks and is belt-driven by the crankshaft. Two rotors inside the supercharger spin at over 20,000 rpm. The air gap between them is just a few thousandths of a millimeter. The supercharger compresses the intake air to as much as 0.8 bar; two intercoolers then cool it for greater power.

The compressor is located downstream of the throttle valve. Its drive requires little engine power, as the density of the intake air is very low at loads below the supercharging level and when coasting. Torque develops early and quickly due to the short gas paths downstream of the supercharger. Various measures dampen compressor noise. A balance shaft in the engine's alloy crankcase provides for greater smoothness. Adjustable intake camshafts and flaps in the intake ports provide for good charging efficiency in the combustion chambers.

The 3.0 TFSI engine produces 260 kW (354 hp) between 6,000 and 6,500 rpm, and delivers 470 Nm (346.65 lb-ft) of torque to the crankshaft between 4,000 and 4,500 rpm. The sprint from zero to 100 km/h (0-62 mph) takes just 5.3 seconds – best in its class. Top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h (155 mph). The Audi SQ5 consumes on average 8.5 liters of fuel per 100 km in the NEDC (21 US mpg). This equates to CO2 emissions of 199 grams per kilometer (320.26 g/m) in the NEDC.

An eight-speed tiptronic and quattro permanent all-wheel drive with torque vectoring transfer the power of the SQ5 firmly to the road. The fast-shifting automatic transmission offers two modes, and the driver can also switch gears manually via the standard shift paddles on the steering wheel.

The chassis of the Audi SQ5 lowers the body 30 millimeters (1.18 in). The springs and shock absorbers are more tautly tuned for a sporty and balanced setup. The 20-inch wheels are fitted with 255/45-series tires; 21-inch wheels are available. The brake calipers on the front axle sport the SQ5 badge. The electromechanical steering not only plays a major role in the efficiency of the SQ5, it also provides very precise road feel. Audi also offers the optional dynamic steering with a steplessly variable ratio. Control of it is integrated in the optional Audi drive select system, which allows the driver to switch among several modes in various systems.

The platinum gray radiator grille with its horizontal double bars in aluminum look, the distinctive bumpers and the roof spoiler are particularly eye-catching. V6 T badges adorn the front fenders. The gloss package and exterior mirrors in aluminum look accentuate the windows. In addition, there are two exclusive crystal-effect finishes: Estoril Blue and Panther Black.

Sportiness carries over to the interior. The instruments feature gray dials and white numerals; the pedals and shift paddles have a shiny aluminum-look finish.

The interior is bathed in black, with the headlining optionally available in Moon Silver. The standard power-adjustable sport seats are covered with a combination of Pearl Nappa leather and Alcantara, with four different colors of leather optional. The standard inlays are brushed aluminum. Options include Carbon Atlas, Piano finish or layered aluminum and wood in Beaufort black.

The SQ5 is scheduled to arrive at U.S. dealerships in the third quarter of 2013. The list of standard equipment is extensive. In addition to the aforementioned features, there are also xenon plus headlights with LED daytime driving lights, a stainless-steel loading-sill protector and a driver information system with color display. The luggage compartment offers up to 1,560 liters (59.33 cu ft) of capacity.

Audi can supply this dynamic SUV with an array of optional assistance and infotainment systems. MMI navigation plus and the Bluetooth online car phone provide the Internet services from Audi connect to the vehicle.

The Audi SQ5 has been designed specifically for the following markets: United States, Canada, Russia, China, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, South Africa, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Chile and the Ukraine. In Germany and many other European markets, the SQ5 TDI takes its place as the sporty top model in its series.


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      • 1 Year Ago
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      mechatricity
      • 1 Year Ago
      Seems like there should be quite a bit more in that motor, that's just slightly more than stock.
        whatever
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mechatricity
        44hp and 34 lb-ft more. This isn't an RS model.
        Rotation
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mechatricity
        It's slightly more than stock for an S (S5, S4). Compared to the 3.0T Q5 it's 82HP more.
      ThomasP
      • 1 Year Ago
      Long wheelbase version for Chinese market rumored... to be called SQL.
      Tweaker
      • 1 Year Ago
      Oh joy! Yet another luxury SUV nobody asked for.
      Rotation
      • 1 Year Ago
      The SQ5, like any other vehicle with a gearbox and a final drive gearing that reduce speed and increase torque, sends far more than 479 pound-feet of torque to its wheels. And 479 pound-feet is not a lot of torque at the wheels, not by a long shot.
      Brian Ho
      • 1 Year Ago
      Mercedes debuts their CLA. Cadillac their ELR BMW- a 320 and a 4 series. Audi shows off another fat crossover. I hope at they very least they didn't doom the US market to only that awful looking A3 sedan.
        jtav2002
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Brian Ho
        We'll forgive you for apparently missing the 500+ hp RS7 post.
      Richard
      • 1 Year Ago
      yawn...Q7 redesign is overdue boys....better bring it before I convince my wife to let me buy the next Escalade....
        clquake
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Richard
        If you stupidly bought an Escalade/Tahoe LTZ to start with, you're probably not going to shop a Q7, no matter when they bring out the redesign.
        leo
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Richard
        not to mention this is basically a $60k Tiguan
          Mr. O
          • 1 Year Ago
          @leo
          This has nothing to do with the Tiguan. The tiguan is related to the the Q3 not the Q5.
          Lachmund
          • 1 Year Ago
          @leo
          this is based on the A4 so you don't know what you're talking about
          quailallstar
          • 1 Year Ago
          @leo
          For the record. The only cars in the VAG family that share parts with this Jellybean is the Jetta (Golf Wagon) Sportwagen and Tiguan panorama sunroof. And yes this is just an A4 on stilts :/
      ChaosphereIX
      • 1 Year Ago
      this car makes no sense
        Rotation
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ChaosphereIX
        Whether it makes sense or not, I'll be seeing 2 a week soon after it comes out. Some people just have to have that higher-end car to buy when they want nearly same car as their friends already have and they for some reason are afraid of buying exactly the same thing.
      ferps
      • 1 Year Ago
      I guess this is our consolation prize for not buying enough S4 avants for them to justify selling them here.
      Im Rick Deckard Bitc
      it's great to see automakers finally living up to their boasts. and here i was beginning to think they were all just gonna talk a big game about diesel for literally years and years without ever once bringing anything serious to the market.
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