The Audi SQ5 TDI exclusive concept being readied for its unveiling at the 2012 Paris motor show in 10 days’ time will become a limited edition production model for the German car maker.
Based on the Audi SQ5 TDI – Audi’s top Q5 variant and also the company’s first S model SUV and its first diesel-powered car – the Audi SQ5 exclusive will be produced in a limited 50-car production run giving owners legitimate rarity to match the car’s title.
The SQ5 exclusive matches the base car’s performance figures of 230kW and 650Nm from the shared 3.0-litre V6 twin-turbo diesel engine, meaning 0-100km/h comes up in 5.1 seconds, top speed is electronically governed at 250km/h and fuel consumption reaches a combined mark of 7.2 litres per 100km.
What sets the Audi SQ5 exclusive apart is its details: finished in a bespoke Aral Blue colour that contrasts against the signature S-model aluminium-look exterior mirrors, black Fine Nappa leather with ‘snow white’ stitching features throughout the interior including on the sports steering wheel, gear selector, centre armrest and instrument binnacle cover.
The theme continues for the seats, with woven leather centre sections an exclusive touch for the model and the first time Audi has used woven leather on a production vehicle.
‘Snow white’ Alcantara is used for the car’s headliner, sunroof blind and door trim inserts while the door trims and the entry sills wear Audi exclusive badges. Xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights and four exhaust pipes out the back complete the limited edition package.
The Audi SQ5 TDI exclusive is to start production in early 2013 before going on sale in Europe only, although Audi Australia has confirmed the Audi SQ5 TDI will be sold locally in the first half of next year, with pricing and specifications to be announced closer to its launch. A premium over the current $75,000 range-topping Audi Q5 30 TDI Quattro will be par for the course.