We’ve been patiently waiting for Audi Sport to give its Q5 the full-fat RS treatment for a while, but there’s still no sign of the flagship version. Rest assured, tuners have been tirelessly working on the next best thing by upgrading the warm S version of Ingolstadt’s midsize luxury crossover. Case in point, the SQ5 by MTM featured in “The Exchange” video might just be the RS Q5 substitute.
MTM started work on the outside where the potent crossover received a full aerodynamic body kit with more aggressive front and rear bumpers and new exhaust tips as well. It costs $4,789 and has been developed with the regular Q5 in mind as it’s also compatible with the regular version of Audi’s popular crossover. This particular vehicle sits closer to the road on those 21-inch wheels courtesy of suspension lowering springs that’ll set you back an extra $275.
By far the most significant upgrade the SQ5 by MTM benefits from is the stage 2 power kit with a beefier turbocharger, custom intercooler, and a new air filter. It takes about five days to get the job done and will take 3.0-liter TFSI V6 engine from the series 349 horsepower and 369 pound-feet (500 Newton-meters) of torque to 485 hp and 509 lb-ft (690 Nm).
The power boost costs $13,799 and comes along with a speed limiter delete, thus allowing the SQ5 by MTM to reach 186 mph (300 km/h) rather than the electronically capped 155 mph (250 km/h) achieved by the standard variant. Acceleration performance is not mentioned, but given the healthy power increase, it should take significantly less than the 5.1 seconds needed by the regular SQ5 to hit 60 mph (96 km/h) from a standstill.
MTM’s product page for the SQ5 also contains a variety of aftermarket alloy wheels in 19- and 20-inch sizes, along with Lamborghini Urus-derived paddle shifters, along with an exhaust system and carbon air intake both from AWE.