The Audi SQ5 isn't exactly lacking in the oomph or presence departments. But that hasn't stopped the folks over at ABT Sportsline from both hiking the already-rapid SUV's power output and dropping its ride height.
Using its in-house-developed engine control unit, the German tuner has boosted the SQ5's turbocharged 3,0-litre V6 petrol engine from the stock 260 kW to 313 kW, while also hiking maximum torque from 500 N.m to 550 Nm. What this does to the standard model’s claimed 5,4-second 0-100 km/h time remains to be seen.
The VW Group-specialist has furthermore fitted a set of ABT coilover springs, taking the SQ5 a full 60 mm closer to the ground. This, the tuner says, benefits both “the appearance and the handling”.
The company has also binned the faux exhaust tips of the production model in favour of a quartet of far more menacing carbon tailpipes (see image below). A wide-body aerokit, comprising a new front skirt, fender extensions and redesigned rear skirt, has also been applied, while a rear wing is optionally available.
ABT says it furthermore offers a range of new alloy wheel designs, with the wide-body kit even allowing the fitment of 22-inch items. Inside, you’ll find an ABT-branded start-stop button as well as a gearknob cover fashioned from carbon-fibre.
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