Posted Sep 14th 2012 11:30AM
The Audi SQ5 only arrived a few months ago and already it has a sibling: the Audi SQ5 Exclusive Concept. To be shown at the Paris Motor Show and then produced in a limited run of just 50 units, the SQ5 exclusive has been given a near-bespoke makeover by the luxury-minded folks at Quattro GmbH for the purpose of "showcasing new design solutions in the interior and an exclusive exterior finish."
That means the mechanicals remain the same, but that blue hue differs from the standard vehicle – the Aral Blue crystal effect is just for the exclusive. Inside, fifty buyers will find woven leather seating – a first for Audi in a production vehicle – black Nappa leather throughout with contrasting stitching and Alcantara headliner in snow white and grain ash veneers.
When it goes on sale early next year, joining the exclusive life will cost $144,000 CAD (€92,000) in Germany – a massive $52,500 CAD (€33,500) premium over the standard model. More details can be found in the press release below, and we'll bring you more photos from the Paris Motor Show floor.
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With 230 kW (313 hp), the Audi SQ5 TDI is the new top model of the Q5 model series and also the first S model in the history of Audi with a diesel engine. Added to this performance is a dash of exclusivity: a limited production vehicle from quattro GmbH, which Audi is presenting at the Paris Motor Show as the "SQ5 TDI Audi exclusive concept." The performance SUV will be showcasing new design solutions in the interior and an exclusive exterior finish in a limited production run of just 50 vehicles beginning the first quarter of 2013.
The status of the SQ5 TDI Audi exclusive concept is readily apparent from its appearance alone. The Aral Blue crystal effect exterior finish was specially developed for the exclusive, limited production model and conveys an amazing feeling of depth. As with every S model from Audi, the exterior mirrors are in aluminum look. Xenon plus headlights with LED daytime running lights are standard. The four exhaust tailpipes dominate the rear of the vehicle.
The interior of the SQ5 TDI Audi exclusive concept dazzles with striking contrasts: The leather multifunction sports steering wheel and the gear lever gaiter in black Fine Nappa leather are accentuated with contrasting stitching in snow white, as are the center armrest and the dashboard cover. A special highlight are the black sport seats covered in Fine Nappa leather, which also feature contrasting stitching in snow white and black, woven leather in the center section of the seats. The SQ5 TDI Audi exclusive concept marks the first time that woven leather has been used in a production vehicle.
The Alcantara headlining, the blind for the sunroof and the inlays and applications in the doors shimmer in snow white. The inlays are natural grain ash. The open-pored veneer has been specially treated to emphasize the grain. The door trims and the entry sills sport Audi exclusive badges.
Production of the SQ5 TDI Audi exclusive concept is limited to 50 vehicles, and the price in Germany will be €92,000. It will be launched in the first quarter of 2013 together with the SQ5 TDI, which will be available from dealerships for €58,500.