ABT Sportsline has revealed a tuned version of the Audi Q5 TFSI e plug-in hybrid with up to 425 horsepower and 550 Nm of torque.
A quick glance at the data sheet reveals the unexpected: The SQ5 with the powerful diesel engine is not the hardest hitter in the Q5 team. This badge of honour is worn by the Q5 55 TFSI e quattro, which boasts a system performance of 367 hp (270 kW) and 500 Nm.
This cutting edge, plug-in hybrid vehicle combines a four-cylinder petrol engine with 252 hp (185 kW) and 370 Nm with an electric motor.
Thanks to the new performance upgrade from ABT Sportsline, the combustion engine now achieves 310 hp (228 kW) and 420 Nm. When combined with the standard electric motor, an impressive system performance of 425 hp (313 kW) and 550 Nm is achieved.
“For us, this Q5 represents a real first. Nevertheless, this SUV is our first hybrid vehicle”, says CEO Hans-Jürgen Abt.
Incidentally, from a dynamic driving perspective, the hybrid Q5’s lower centre of gravity has a positive impact: The battery is located in a low position and therefore successfully compensates for the high design. For the 50 TFSI e, the same ABT Power performance upgrade is available. As a standard, the identical combustion engine is combined with a slightly weaker electric motor. Thus, the new system power only amounts to 357 hp (263 kW) instead of 299 hp (229 kW), while the maximum torque rises from 450 to 500 Nm.
As far as alloy wheels are concerned, ABT settled on the two-colour design ABT GR in 20-inch for the Q5 55 TFSI e. Here, a glossy black wheel chassis contrasts with a diamond-machined rim flange. The sporty and elegant wheel is also available as an alternative in matt black with an entirely diamondmachined surface. Both options share the same design characteristic of a deep concave rim base. However, the ABT GR is not just a pretty face. Its fine balance also contributes to optimum handling.
Furthermore, ABT also offers attractive details for the interior. Alongside ABT integrated entrance lights with logo projection, the latest additions include the start-stop switch cap and shift knob cover.