This new, second-generation Audi SQ5 is a good car, one that blends impressive performance with good looks and a superb interior. However, it’s seriously lacking on aggression, character and excitement. The reasons for that are two-fold: its design and its noise. Thankfully, the people at ABT Sportsline have remedied both of those issues, while also upgrading the SQ5 in other areas.
Let’s start with the engine, though. The standard Audi SQ5 uses a 3.0 liter turbocharged V6 engine that makes 354 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. ABT Sportsline takes that same engine and gives it a bit of a tune, pumping up power to 425 hp and 405 lb-ft of torque. Quite the healthy power output, especially for the relatively small, and already fast, Audi SQ5. The standard car does 0-60 mph in 5.1 seconds, so expect the ABT-tuned version to get there in 4.8-ish seconds.
Next, ABT Sportsline gives it a widebody aero kit, which gives it a new front lip, fender flares, side skirts, a rear diffuser and a rear wing. All of that combines to make the ABT Audi SQ5 much more aggressive and angry looking than the standard car. It also gets new ABT coilovers, which lower the car between 35 and 60 mm. That’s actually quite a lot.
But the best part of this new ABT tuning kit is found at the rear. On the standard SQ5, the rear exhaust pipes are hidden by little chrome decorations and fake little black plastic covers. It looks awful and we’ve complained about it ad nauseam. So ABT has given the SQ5 a new rear bumper with cut outs for actual exhaust pipes and it’s been given four new carbon fiber tips. That’s how it’s supposed to be, as all Audi ‘S’ cars are supposed to have quad exhausts. It’s just how it’s always been. It also gets massive 22-inch wheels, which are much wider than the standard car’s. ABT can fit much wider wheels thanks to the wider fenders added by the aero kit.
It really doesn’t matter how much this ABT tuning kit costs, it’s worth it and it’s necessary for all Audi SQ5 owners. It not only adds more aggression, more noise and more excitement but it also gives it actual exhausts (!).