RS3 Sedan – Lots of news on this recently, it’s basically the RS3 with a boot/trunk. A5 / S5 – Audi plan to introduce the new A5 coupe in March 2017, with a corresponding S5 variant. It is expected that the S5 will have circa 350 hp, like S4. The A5 / S5 Sportback and Cabriolet are two months later, in May. Q5/SQ5 – The all-new Q5 and SQ5 are targeted for April 2017. The Q5 is likely to be powered by an assortment of engines sourced from the A4. Q6 (C-BEV) – Concept Battery Electric Vehicle, an all-electric SUV. Based on the same MLB 2 platform as the Q7, with a range of over 300 miles and perhaps use a battery rated at 90 kWh. Q7/SQ7 – Specifics are unconfirmed for the SQ7; potentially a diet and more power from an electric supercharger or the V8 from the RS7. The hybrid Q7, the Q7 e-tron is due in October 2017. Q8 / RS Q8 – Representing the flagship of the “Q” range, the Audi Q8’s range is projected to be between £50,000 for an entry-level turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 petrol model and £90,000 for a twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8 RS Q8. R8 – A V10 R8 Spyder in May 2017 with the rumoured V6 R8 targeted for 2018. TT RS Coupe – The new TT RS debuts in April 2017 (with manual transmission), with about 400 hp from the 2.5 TFSI five-cylinder, which is shared with the RS3.
Whilst there are signs of new releases of the A6, A7 and A8, the A4 does not appear in the list.
Power hike of almost 30 PS and 50Nm of extra torque for new Q5 flagship
340 PS and 700 Nm of torque available from the 3.0-litre V6 BiTDI powerplant
0-62mph in 5.1 seconds, 155mph top speed
The first model in the Q5 range fitted with a sports differential in addition to quattro all-wheel drive for even more surefooted traction
Highlights include 21-inch alloy wheels and black gloss styling package
Opens for UK ordering later this year
The already formidable Audi SQ5 TDI reinforces its status as a practical SUV delivering genuine sportscar pace this week as it becomes the latest Audi ‘S’ model to undergo the performance-intensifying ‘plus’ treatment. With more power, more torque and more equipment than its ‘standard’ counterpart, which is notable as the first ever diesel-powered Audi S model and remains in the line-up, the new SQ5 TDI plus will be available to order later this year. UK pricing will be also be confirmed at a later date.
The biturbo V6 TDI at the heart of the SQ5 TDI plus produces 340 PS from its three litres of displacement by way of increased injection pressure. This results in 27 PS more power compared to the current SQ5 TDI. Its peak torque is increased by 50 Nm (36.9 lb-ft) to 700 Nm (516.3 lb-ft), enabling acceleration from rest to 62 mph in a mere 5.1 seconds; top speed is electronically limited at 155 mph. According to the NEDC combined cycle consumption test, up to 42.8mpg is also potentially achievable with emissions of 174 g CO2/km, which along with the plentiful torque serves as just about the only reminder that this performance flagship prefers diesel.
Like all S models from Audi, the SQ5 TDI plus delivers its power to the road via the quattro permanent all-wheel drive system. For the first time on a Q5 variant, a sports differential at the rear axle actively distributes the drive power between the wheels.
More immediately noticeable clues to the plus version’s status can be found externally, where its rank is conveyed by gloss black 21-inch cast aluminium Audi Sport wheels in 5-twin-spoke star design and an extended black gloss package taking in the exterior mirror housings, door handles, roof edge spoiler and rear diffuser. A further visual customisation feature on the exterior are two clasps that join the four exhaust tailpipes in pairs.
Inside, diamond stitched fine Nappa leather upholstery further enhances the SQ5 sports seats in the plus version, and the sliding rear bench seat plus also features as standard to increase variability and enlarge the luggage compartment, if necessary.
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