Audi has announced pricing for their new 2014 SQ5 high-performance luxury crossover. It’s the first ever S variant of any Audi Q model. The new SQ5 will start at an MSRP of $51,900. The SQ5 adds to the highly-successful Q5 model lineup, the second best-selling model line for Audi last year.
The Audi SQ5 boasts a supercharged 3.0 liter TFSI direct-injection V6 engine that cranks out 354 hp and 347 lb-ft of torque. Audi says it will accelerate from 0-60 mph in 5.1 seconds, reaching a top track speed of 155 mph.
The turbocharged V6 is mated to an eight-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission and Audi quattro all-wheel drive system for superior traction and handling.
A unique feature, all Q5’s feature a roof rack detection system that is directly linked to the Electronic Stability Control (ESC) control unit. When the crossbars are installed, a signal is sent that adjusts driving dynamic relevant parameters according to the center of gravity. When the crossbars are not installed, the ESC program adjusts dynamics to allow for more enthusiastic driving.
The Audi SQ5 gets standard 20-inch wheels and will also offer 21-inch wheels. It also gets S model front and rear bumpers with platinum gray grille and diffuser, aluminum exterior mirror housings and quad exhaust tips.
Inside, the SQ5 has a spacious and sporty interior, with a three-spoke multifunction flat-bottom steering wheel with alu-optic shift paddles and contrast stitching, gray instrument face with white needles, pedals with aluminum inserts, and SQ5 specific leather/aluminum shift knob.
Leather & Alcantara sport seats are standard and fine Nappa interior and comfort package is available. New layered aluminum/black wood decorative inlays are also available in the SQ5.
The Audi SQ5, is expected to arrive in U.S. showrooms later this summer. In addition to the high-performance SQ5, the Q5 model line is also enhanced for the 2014 model year with the addition of the all-new fuel-efficient Q5 TDI clean diesel model, which joins the current lineup of 2.0T, 3.0T and hybrid variants.