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Audi SQ5 TDI starts in Europe with more than 500 lb-ft of torque -Cars Automobiles

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Although we will never see one of our dealers here in America, the new SQ5 TDI in Europe is remarkable for at least one reason: the torque it generates.

With 347 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque, the SQ5 TDI is about 7 fewer horses and nearly 150 lb-ft more torque than its gas equivalent.

Like the SQ7, the SQ5 TDI is equipped with Audi's 48-volt mild hybrid system, which winds up the turbines and tries to reduce turbulence.

That's because the system can spin turbos up to 15,000 rpm in just 300 milliseconds. This gives you power before 1,650 rpm. At this point, the exhaust pressure takes over and the system works like a normal turbo.

Connected to Audi's 8-speed car, the SQ5 TDI transmits 60% of its power to the rear wheels as standard, to make the rear livelier. Depending on the conditions, the system can deliver up to 80% of the torque to the rear wheels or 70% to the front wheels.

All this puts the SQ5 TDI in just 5.1 seconds on "highway speed," which means 62 mph – or just as fast as the gas engine. So maybe you do not feel so bad about the torque gap?

The car starts at 67,750 euros, if that means anything at all, and will be offered for sale this summer.

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