Open the Audi USA configurator and you’ll only find two or three alloy wheel designs available for the SQ5, depending on the trim level. If none of the few alloys tickle your fancy, you can always count on the aftermarket scene to provide you with the right shoes for your potent luxury crossover. Case in point, these 23-inch Vossen wheels are bigger than the OEM rims, and while bigger isn’t always better, we believe these forged rims do suit the SQ5 quite nicely.
The set goes by the name of “HF-4T” and is available in a multitude of finishes, with Vossen deciding to go with a tinted gloss black finish for this particular SQ5. Pricing kicks off at $649 per wheel and you can opt for a smaller size – 20 or 21 inches. It goes without saying the set is also compatible with the normal Audi Q5, although the biggest size available probably works best on the hotter derivative.
There’s more to this SQ5 than the custom wheels as the performance-oriented crossover has wears an ABT widebody kit. In addition, a quad exhaust system allows the turbocharged V6 engine to sing its tune better. With this being a U.S.-spec car, it ditches the diesel unit available on the Euro model where the mild-hybrid 3.0-liter unit offers 342 horsepower and 516 pound-feet (700 Newton-meters) of torque. ABT has a power kit tailored to the TDI-fueled model that adds 37 hp and 44 lb-ft (60 Nm).
Seeing an amped-up SQ5 makes us wonder why is Audi taking so long to introduce the RS Q5. After launching the RS Q8 and the smaller RS Q3 / RS Q3 Sportback, a fully fledged RS variant for the Q5 would represent a natural step to take. It would go up against the likes of the BMW X3 M and the Mercedes-AMG GLC 63, so it would have an uphill battle to grab a piece of the compact luxury performance pie.