The 8-speed tiptronic
The forces of the 3.0 TFSI engine are brought to the road by means of the fast and comfortable eight-speed tiptronic. This means the lower gears are sportively short, and the upper are long for speed and lower fuel consumption. Audi drive select supports a more efficient driving style: When enabled, the drive between 55 and 160 km/h automatically switches to freewheel when the driver takes his foot off the accelerator.
The quattro permanent all-wheel drive, which distributes the engine forces slightly in rear-wheel drive during normal driving operation, supports the sporty driving system. If necessary, most of the power passes to the axle with the better traction. The wheel-selecting torque control is active on all kinds of surfaces. And dynamic cornering is not a problem: The software function brakes the inside wheels, allowing a neutral self-steering response and stable and precise cornering.
An optional sport differential is available. This further optimises the handling and distributes the torque via two superposition stages active between the rear wheels. When accelerating out of a narrow curve, it gives more torque to the rear wheel. This increases agility. The sports suspension pushes the Audi SQ5 TFSI into the curve and avoids under-steering already in the approach.
The suspension with five-link axle at the front and rear lays the foundation for sporty handling. The elaborate construction allows for greater stability in the border area and combines enhanced agility with significantly improved comfort. The standard damper control here offers a particularly wide spread between comfort and dynamics. The adaptive CDC dampers (continuous damping control) are integrated together with engine, steering, tiptronic and the optional sport differential in the Audi drive select driving dynamics system. This allows the driver to adapt the drive system and chassis entirely to his driving.