• Audi prepares SQ5 and RSQ5

Usually, all the Audi models have, at some point, an S and an RS version and since the Q5 has acquired some stiff competition with the BMW X5 and the BMW X5M, the company decided to offer more options of the Q5 for their customers.

The first to arrive on the market is the SQ5, a model inspired by the Q5 Custom Concept. It will arrive in 2011 and will be powered by a super-charged 3.0 liter V6 engine with a compressor comparable to Audi’s existing S4. This car will be delivering an output of 333 horsepower. While most of the car is the same with the standard Q5 version, a couple of striking differences between a standard Q5 and the SQ5 will include, among others, a new front and rear spoiler and a rear diffuser, quad exhaust and a chrome "S" grille.

The next step will be the RSQ5, a model powered by the same 3.0 TFSI V6 engine and will deliver 408 hp and 500 Nm of torque.

There is a soft spot in our hearts for BMW and with the SQ5 and the RSQ5 producing 333hp and 408hp, respectively, we stand strong on the 555hp produced by the BMW X5M. We can only hope that this new competition will lead BMW to an X3M model. If you happen to be an Audi lover, don’t worry, we will keep a lookout for any type of confirmation on these two new Audi models. Who knows, if they do debut, maybe it will get us to change our minds.


Source: Automobile Magazine

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  (460) posted on 03.29.2010

It does makes sense I guess. The Q5 drives pretty much like a normal car anyway, so a performance version isn’t completely stupid like the Q7 V12.

  (554) posted on 03.23.2010

Personally, the original Q5 is more okay with me. Maybe a lot of innovation was made and add up to the SQ5 and RSQ5 but I prefer to have the older version for its finest originality.

  (937) posted on 03.23.2010

Well, It does look exciting and aggressive. I think it will do well when it gets beside a Cadillac Navigator or other huge SUV. It could do well with other SUV such as the Cayenne and X5. I wonder how they all will perform in a race though.

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