The Audi SQ5 TDI plus has received its well-deserved premiere today at the Frankfurt Motor Show, following an online reveal at the beginning of the month.
Performance cars with diesel engines are relatively new in the game, but Audi already has an update for the SQ5 TDI which has gained the "plus" suffix and in the process power has jumped from 313 PS (230 kW) and 650 Nm (479 lb-ft) to 340 PS (250 kW) and 700 Nm (517 lb-ft) coming from the same twin-turbo 3.0-liter TDI which now has a higher injector pressure.
The engine works closely with an 8-speed tiptronic transmission to send all those ponies to a quattro all-wheel drive system. This hardware arrangement ensures a 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) sprint in 5.1 seconds and a 155 mph (250 km/h) top speed which has been electronically limited. Fuel consumption stands at a respectable 6.6 liters / 100 km (35.6 mpg US or 42.8 mpg UK) with 174 g/km of CO2 emissions.
The car being showcased at IAA is actually a limited-run version painted in macaw blue while on the inside it has black Nappa leather with body-colored stitching. Only 100 of these are planned for production and will cost an extra €12,000 over the standard €67,700 SQ5 TDI plus.