Audi Plans To Showcase Supercharged Q5 Custom Concept to Austrian Show
May 19, 2009
Every year, throngs of European Audi fans descend on Reifnitz, Karnten on the shores of Worthersee in Austria for the annual Worthersee Tour. Audi will make its third official appearance this year and in celebration of the brand's centennial will debut the Audi Q5 Custom Concept.
Designed as a sportier version of the new Q5, the Custom Concept is also a test bed for various official Audi accessories and customizations. The star of the Q5's features is under the hood where Audi engineers have thrown out the soon-to-be-discontinued-anyway 3.2L V-6 and replaced it with Audi's new 3.0L supercharged V-6 pulled from the S4. Jumping from the 3.2's 270 hp to the 3.0's 333 hp would've been a nice bump in and of itself, but it wasn't enough for Audi. No, Audi's engineers wanted more and tuned up the supercharged mill to put down an impressive 408 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. That's enough to make a stock Q5's 6.8-sec 0-60 time look downright slow, as the Custom Concept will do 0-62 in just 4.4 seconds and reached a governed 155 mph top speed.
To add some show to the go, Audi also fitted the Q5 Custom Concept with some flashy extras like 21-in. split seven-spoke wheels, stainless-steel pedals, S-Line sport seats, exterior graphics and new Daytona Gray paint with red highlights. The Q5 also picks up some trick new gear in the form of a panoramic sunroof, Audi's Drive Select system, a parking aid system and back-up camera, active headlights, voice control and Audi's Lane Assist system. Audi engineers completed the look by widening the Q5's stance by three and a half inches and lowering it nearly two and a half inches.
We already know that the 3.2L V-6 is being discontinued in the near future, so could the 3.0L supercharged V-6 replace it? We certainly hope so. We lauded the Q5's sportiness and handling in our first review and an extra dollop of power, even if it is just an upgrade to the standard 3.0L, would really make the Q5 stand out.
If you're in the area, the 28th Worthersee Tour starts tomorrow and runs through Saturday, May 23. Also present will be several historic Audi models including the Audi 50, the Audi 100 Coupe, the Audi Ur-quattro, the Audi 100, the first Audi TT and the Audi A2.