Audi launches fastest diesel SUV

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The fastest diesel SUV on the planet has ar­rived in Aus­tralia, pow­er­ing in at an ex­cep­tional $89 400.

The SQ5 TDI is the first diesel S model from Audi, and is pow­ered by a high-per­for­mance 3.0 TDI Biturbo engine which reaches 100 km/h in just 5.1 sec­onds.

De­spite the SQ5’s in­cred­i­ble per­for­mance, the same ef­fi­ciency tech­nolo­gies that led Audi’s TDI su­per­cars to six vic­to­ries at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, de­liver sig­nif­i­cant fuel-sav­ing ben­e­fits to cus­tomers. Sip­ping just 6.8 litres per 100 km, the SQ5 TDI also qual­i­fies for re­duced Lux­ury Car Tax (LCT), al­low­ing Audi to pass th­ese cost sav­ings on to buy­ers.

‘‘It is tes­ta­ment to Audi’s de­sire to of­fer ex­cep­tional per­for­mance and ex­cep­tional value that we’ve been able to make the ex­tra­or­di­nary SQ5 avail­able to Aus­tralian cus­tomers at such a keen price point,’’ Audi Aus­tralia man­ag­ing di­rec­tor An­drew Doyle said.

“This kind of po­tent per­for­mance has never been avail­able in a ve­hi­cle like this be­fore and is clear proof that Audi’s mod­ern engine tech­nol­ogy is class-lead­ing. The Q5 model range has al­ready proven im­mensely pop­u­lar with Aus­tralian cus­tomers who want ev­ery­day ver­sa­til­ity in a so­phis­ti­cated pack­age. Com­bine that with Audi’s Le Mans-win­ning high-per­for­mance TDI tech­nol­ogy and you have a so­phis­ti­cated SUV that is ver­sa­tile, vig­or­ous and very ef­fi­cient,’’ Mr Doyle said.

The 3.0 TDI Biturbo engine is charged by two tur­bocharg­ers, pro­duc­ing 230 kW in power and de­liv­er­ing 650 Nm of torque be­tween 1450 and 2800 rpm.

The V6 diesel has a dis­place­ment of 2967 cc dis­place­ment and is de­signed as a twin-turbo unit. A flap joins the two tur­bocharg­ers which are ar­ranged in se­ries. The cool­ing of the cylin­der heads, con­trol times and strokes of the in­take camshafts, the pis­tons, their spray oil cool­ing and the pis­ton rods have been adapted to the high­per­for­mance con­cept. The com­mon rail sys­tem builds a pres­sure of up to 2000 bar and can ex­e­cute up to eight par­tial in­jec­tions into the cylin­ders.

A sound ac­tu­a­tor in the ex­haust sys­tem gives the twin-turbo-V6 a deep sonorous sound.

The Audi SQ5 TDI han­dles the sprint from zero to 100 km/h in 5.1 sec­onds, and its top speed is 250 km/h. Its com­bined fuel con­sump­tion is only 6.8 litres per 100 km on aver­age.

An eight-speed tip­tronic shifts quickly and smoothly, driv­ing power through the quattro per­ma­nent four-wheel drive sys­tem.

For a full run­down on the SQ5 TDI call into the Audi Cen­tre Shep­par­ton, 325 Mid­land High­way, or phone Kelvin on 5822 5811.

The first diesel S model from Audi, the SQ5 TDI, is pow­ered by a high-per­for­mance 3.0 TDI Biturbo engine and reaches 100 km/h in an im­pres­sive 5.1 sec­onds

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