New styling and performance package sharpens up the German crossover.
German tuner ABT Sportsline has tuned many Audi and Volkswagen models over the years, and now it’s given the 2018 Audi Q5 the aftermarket treatment with a sporty styling package and a power increase. As part of the ABT Sportsline rear skirt set, the premium compact SUV has been fitted with a rear skirt and matching exhaust system with visible tips in contrast to the production version’s chrome brackets. The four tailpipes measure 3.3 inches in diameter each and are finished in black chrome. A new optional rear wing can also be equipped.
To make the SUV more agile, ABT has also fitted coilover suspension springs that lower the body between 1.4-2.4 inches compared to the regular models. Rounding off the exterior upgrades are larger alloy wheels available in gun-metal, mystic black, and matt black finishes. Inside, the German tuner can equip the latest Audi Q5 with a carbon fiber gearstick cover and an ABT-branded ignition button.
As for the powertrain, the SUV’s 2.0-liter TFSI gasoline engine can be modified to deliver 296 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque, up from 248 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque in the standard model. The 190 hp and 295 lb-ft of the 2.0-liter TDI diesel have increased to 215 hp and 324 lb-ft, while the 3.0-liter TDI, the most powerful model in the range below the SQ5 with 286 hp and 457 lb-ft, has been upgraded to produce 330 hp and 494 lb-ft thanks to a new Engine Control Unit. If you’re wondering where the range-topping 2018 Audi SQ5 fits in, ABT has already modified it, adding an additional 70 hp and 37 lb-ft of torque, increasing the output to 425 horsepower and 405 lb-ft of torque.