Audi announced today that it will debut its SQ5 TDI performance SUV at the 24 Hours of Le Mans this weekend – an appropriate backdrop for its latest high-performance diesel.
The SQ5 TDI has a list of specifications that makes it comparable to performance-oriented gas cars, so it’s hard not to be impressed with Audi’s hot sport utility. In the truck’s case, that fuel is burned through the same 3.0-liter bi-turbo engine as the A6 Avant TDI and moves the car from 0-62 mph (100 km/h) in 5.1 seconds. The engine makes 313 hp and 279 lb-ft of torque, which is more than the diesel A6.
As standard equipment, the car comes with 20-inch wheels, though 21-inch versions are available on request. A sport suspension lowers the car’s ride 30 millimeters and adds to the athletic look already enhanced by the roof spoiler.
Quattro all-wheel drive is standard, as is torque vectoring to improve handling, something that’s important in a larger vehicle that’s also performance oriented.
Unfortunately we’re not going to see this one make it to the U.S., but with diesel demand heating up in the States we’re hoping the engine might come as a stowaway in another car somewhere down the line.