2013 Audi SQ5 will be unveiled in Detroit

Audi’s high alert about the upcoming 2013 Detroit Motor Show must be getting watered down since they’re ready to tell us what they’re about to do.

One of the highlights of their stand at the event will be none other than the sporty version of the 2013 Audi Q5, something they’ve dubbed the SQ5.

2013 Audi SQ5

2013 Audi SQ5

Unlike most S versions of Audi models, the 2013 SQ5 will be available with a choice of two engines. One of them is a diesel, an the other a more conventional petrol.

Both powerplants are 3.0 liter V6 units which have a close relationship to forced induction. The figures on each however are radically different.

The diesel is capable of developing 313 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque. It gets to 62 in just 5.1 seconds and it had to be limited to 155 mph. Even so, it should do 32.7 mg.

2013 Audi SQ5

2013 Audi SQ5

Meanwhile, the exciting side of the story comes fitted with a 3.0 liter supercharged V6 TSI engine which burns petrol to deliver 354 horsepower and 347 lb-ft of torque.

Allegedly, it’ll manage 21 mpg. Isn’t that nice? Who cares, it’ll get from 0 to 62 in 5.3 seconds and hit the same electronically limited top speed of 155 mph.

Slightly sad to see the diesel is a bit faster than the petrol powered 2013 Audi SQ5, it’s fairly easy to appreciate the usefulness of all that extra torque.

2013 Audi SQ5

2013 Audi SQ5

Since the Americans really love the torque figure on their cars, there’s some disappointment in store for them as the TDI version is only going to be available in Europe.