Audi treated us with a handful of new performance offerings at this week’s 2013 Detroit Auto Show, and we couldn’t be more thankful.
After years of missing out on the coolest performance models from the brand with the four rings, U.S. fans will soon be able to purchase cars like the RS 7, RS 5 Cabriolet, R8 V10 Plus and the SQ5.
Essentially an S4 on stilts, the new SQ5, which will join Audi’s lineup later this year as a 2014 model, comes with the familiar supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 that has already made its way into the S4 and S5.
In the SQ5 it’s tuned to deliver 354 horsepower and 346 pound-feet of torque, which Audi promises will help you accelerate to 60 mph in just over 5.0 seconds. Top speed is electronically limited to 155 mph.
Those numbers make the SQ5 the fastest and most powerful model in its segment.
To match the extra power, Audi engineers have also tuned the suspension, which now sits some 30 millimeters lower than on the regular Q5. The brakes have also been upgraded and come housed in 20-inch wheels as standard. If that’s not enough Audi also offers a 21-inch set.
In this video, filmed at the car’s debut in Detroit, Audi product manager Mark Fruechtnicht gives us an insight into many of the unique details featured on the SQ5.
Unfortunately, Audi hasn’t offered any details on pricing or fuel economy, though we should find out closer to the car’s retail launch in the third quarter of the year.