My school runs this month were a lot more comfortable with the new Audi SQ5 and although I have not been to the tracks or had a supercar in 3 weeks, I did not miss the adrenaline rush as the new top-of-the-line SQ5, with a 3.0 TFSI engine kept me smiling as it sprinted from zero to 100 km/h in 5.3 seconds – it is the best in its class.
Keeping Dubai roads in mind, I did not take it to the top speed of 250 km/h and yet the car was just a sheer delight to drive. The free-revving, supercharged, three-litre V6 engine is all I needed to enjoy my errands. The 3.0 TFSI engine produces 354 hp between 6,000 and 6,500 rpm, and delivers 470 Nm of torque to the crankshaft between 4,000 and 4,500 rpm. Top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h.
An eight-speed tiptronic and quattro permanent all-wheel drive with torque vectoring transfer the power of the SQ5 firmly to the road. The fast-shifting automatic transmission offers two modes, and the driver can also switch gears manually via the standard shift paddles on the steering wheel.
Driving the SQ5 down Beach Road did not turn heads but caught the eyes of a few people while parked at the Spinneys near Jumeirah Mosque who wanted to know the cost. The car looks sporty with platinum gray radiator grille with its horizontal double bars in aluminum look, the distinctive bumpers while the roof spoiler are particularly eye-catching and V6 T badges adorn the front fenders.
The gloss package and exterior mirrors in aluminum look accentuate the windows. In addition, there is one exclusive crystal-effect finish: Panther Black. Sportiness carries over to the interior. The instruments feature gray dials and white numerals; the pedals and shift paddles have a shiny aluminum-look finish.
The interior is bathed in black, with the headlining optionally available in Moon Silver. The standard power-adjustable sport seats are covered with a combination of Pearl Nappa leather and Alcantara, with four different colors of leather optional. The standard inlays are brushed aluminum. Options include Carbon Atlas, Piano finish or layered aluminum and wood in Beaufort black.
The list of standard equipment in the SQ5 is extensive. In addition to the aforementioned features, there are also xenon plus headlights with LED daytime driving lights, a stainless-steel loading-sill protector, MMI navigation plus and Bluetooth to connect your smartphone with the entertainment, which is equipped with a Bang & Olufsen speaker system. The luggage compartment offers up to 1,560 liters of capacity.
Overall, it is a great car for executives who need the space of a SUV but want to have fun driving their cars and have a brand name that leads the market in terms of quality and innovation.
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