’14 Audi SQ5 stickers for $51,900

all-new Audi SQ5

all-new Audi SQ5

• Pricing starts at $51,900 for Audi SQ5 high-performance luxury crossover

• SQ5 is the first-ever S variant of any Audi Q model
• Audi SQ5 achieves 354 hp, 347 lb-ft of torque

BY GERRY MILES

For those salivating for the info of the all-new 2014 Audi SQ5 performance based SUV, er did I type that – I meant luxo crossover – they better dig deep for the sticker begins at $51,900. It’s not expected in dealer showrooms until later this summer.
Similar to other “S” lines in the Audi line, it’s the first S variant of the popular Q5, which was the second best-selling model for the marque last season.
The 2013 Q5 model line adds a TDI clean diesel mode, augmenting the current line of 2.0T, 3.0T and hybrid variants.

The SQ5 boasts plenty of power with a supercharged 354 hp, 3.0-liter TFSI® direct-injection V-6 engine that needs but 5.1 seconds to run up to 60 mph from a stop. It has a top track speed of 155 mph.
Power is dispersed through an 8-speed Tiptronic® automatic transmission and Audi’s famed quattro all-wheel-drive system.
If you like technowizardry, consider that the Q5 has a roof rack detection system that’s directly linked to the Electronic Stability Control (ESC) control unit. When the crossbars are installed, a signal is sent that adjusts driving dynamic relevant parameters according to the center of gravity. When the crossbars are not installed, the ESC program adjusts dynamics to allow for more enthusiastic driving. The SQ5 will run on standard 20-inch wheels and optional 21-inch wheels.

Audi side assist, which is optional on Premium plus models, monitors blind spots alongside in addition to fast-closing cars about 150 feet behind. Adaptive cruise control is also optional, helping to monitor the road ahead and changing speed to maintain a predetermined distance.
A delivery price was not included in the press release and may yet to be determined. In fact you better count on it.
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