Audi SQ5 TDI

Oh. That’s a shocker. While the automotive enthusiast fraternity tries in vain to catch up on as much as sleep as possible in anticipation of the 24 Hours of Le Mans to start in a few hours, Audi unveiled the SQ5 at Le Mans today! The first S model with a diesel engine, will sprint to 100 km/h in 5.1 seconds while average fuel efficiency consumption claimed to be 13.89 kpl or 7.2 liters per 100 km. Top speed is claimed to be 250 kph.

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The 3.0 litre TDI, which displaces 2,967 cc, uses a twin-turbo design in which the two turbochargers are connected in series via a flap. Cylinder head cooling, the timing and lift of the intake cam shafts, the pistons, their oil-jet cooling and the piston pins have been specially designed for the high-performance concept. The common rail system develops as much as 2,000 bar of pressure and injects as many as eight shots of fuel into the cylinders per cycle.

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Audi says the sound of the 3.0 TDI biturbo is enhanced using a loudspeaker in short side channel. Is that literally a loudspeaker?

The sport suspension lowers the vehicle body by 30 mm. The standard 20-inch wheels feature a five parallel-spoke design and are fitted with 255/45 tires. Audi offers optional wheels measuring 21 inches in diameter. The black brake calipers on the front axle sport S badges. The optional Audi drive select system can be expanded upon request to include the dynamic steering system with its steplessly variable steering ratio.

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Design changes include the platinum gray single-frame grille with its galvanized double bars in an aluminum-look finish, the roof spoiler and the modified bumpers. Audi offers the new top model in the crystal effect paint finishes Estoril Blue or Panther Black. The body includes a high proportion of ultra-high-strength steels, making it very light, safe and rigid.

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Audi SQ5 TDI : Interior
As is typical for an S model, the interior has black trim and exudes a sporty elegance. The headlining is optionally available in lunar silver. The power-adjustable sport seats come standard in Pearl Nappa leather/Alcantara. Leather upholstery in a choice of four colors is available as an option. Brushed aluminum inlays are standard. Options include Carbon Atlas, Piano finish and the new Aluminum/Beaufort wood black trim panels.

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The instrument dials are gray and include a 3D-design S badge, the needles are white and the pedals and shift paddles have an aluminum-look finish. Additional visual highlights in the interior are the S gear lever knob, the S badges on the door sill trims, the start button and the specially-shaped steering wheel, the S welcome screen and the lighting package.

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