When the Audi Q5 55 TFSI e was first announced we said that it could be the best version of the Q5 on sale. It has as much power as the SQ5, slightly better performance and even more efficiency. They’re also about the same price, so it’s really a no-brainer, choosing between the two. Yet, the hybrid Q5 can get even better, with a little help from ABT Sportsline.
Powering the stock Audi Q5 55 TFSI e plug-in hybrid is a 2.0 liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that makes 252 hp and 272 lb-ft of torque. That engine is combined with an electric motor that helps bump total system power to 349 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque, exactly as much as the SQ5, which uses a 3.0 liter turbocharged V6.
However, ABT Sportsline now offers a power kit for the hybrid Q5, which bumps up power of the internal combustion engine to 310 hp. When combined with the standard electric motor, ABT claims a total system power of 425 hp and 405 lb-ft of torque (550 Nm). For comparison, the Audi RS5 makes 444 hp and 442 lb-ft of torque. So the ABT-tuned hybrid Audi Q5 55 TFSI is almost as powerful as one of Audi Sport’s fastest cars.
“For us, this Q5 represents a real first. Nevertheless, this SUV is our first hybrid vehicle”, says CEO Hans-Jürgen Abt.
In Europe, there’s also an Audi Q5 50 TFSI e, which is slightly less powerful from the factory. ABT offers a power kit for that as well, which brings total system power up to 367 hp and 368 lb-ft of torque (500 Nm). Still, that’s about the same as an SQ5 while also being a hybrid.
ABT Sportsline also makes a comprehensive suite of exterior and interior upgrades for all Q5 models, which you can add to this power kit to make your hybrid Audi Q5 TFSI e look like it has as much power and performance as it does.