It was the year 1980 when Audi introduced the very first model equipped with a quattro all-wheel drive system and now 34 years later they managed to assemble the six millionth quattro-fitted model. During this interval, Audi launched no less than 170 different vehicles with quattro if we take into consideration all body styles and engine & transmission variants. What’s even more impressive is the fact that nowadays almost half of the cars sold by Audi come with quattro.
The six millionth car was an SQ5 painted in monsoon gray metallic for an anonymous customer from United States. The model was revealed in January 2013 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit with a standard quattro system and a punchy supercharged 3.0-liter V6 TFSI delivering no less than 354 PS (260 kW) and a peak torque of 470 Nm (346 lb-ft) to both axles through an 8-speed tiptronic gearbox.
The Audi SQ5 seen in these images needs just 5.3 seconds to reach 62 mph (100 km/h) from a standstill and is capable of hitting an electronically-capped top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h). Compared to the standard Q5, the hotter S derivative adopts a 30mm lowered chassis and comes equipped as standard with 20-inch rims shod in 255/45 tires.
When talking about this achievement, Audi’s Board Member for Production Dr. Hubert Waltl declared „More than 30 years ago, it was recognized as a pioneering accomplishment; today, it is synonymous with technical progress.”