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Audi SQ5: Officially released!

Audi SQ5

Audi has officially released the Audi SQ5. Awesome car!

Based on the Q5 crossover platform, the (long-rumored) SQ5 boasts 313 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque from its twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter diesel engine to move its not insignificant mass to 60 miles per hour in just five seconds.

Top speed comes in at 155 miles per hour, limited we presume, and, just as importantly, fuel mileage on the European cycle is listed at 7.2 liters per 100 kilometers (32.67 U.S. miles per gallon). As a reminder to the occupants that this is no ordinary oil burner, Audi has added a so-called sound actuator – a loudspeaker, according to the press release – to pump exhaust noise into the interior atmosphere.

An eight-speed Tiptronic transmission sends all that torque to all four 20-inch wheels shod in 255/45 rubber.