Audi Q5 Hybrid quattro Enters Long Distance Rally Event

As part of the German automaker’s participation at this year’s Michelin Challenge Bibendum (May 18-22), the Q5 hybrid quattro has participated at a long-distance competition for passenger vehicles that also includes safety tests. The model, which is slated for series production later this year, has entered the InterCity Rally yesterday, alongside three other Audi vehicles.

Specifically, the Q5 hybrid quattro has covered 300 kilometers (186 miles) in the German state of Brandenburg, alongside the A3 TCNG powered by natural gas, the Q5 HFC with a fuel-cell power system, and the Audi A8, which features the new 3.0 TDI generating 204 hp.

The rally vehicles will also participate on the Tempelhof grounds in the Ride & Drive event, an opportunity to test drive for specialists, journalists and even some members of the general public. At its very own trade-show stand, Audi is publicizing its comprehensive strategy for future mobility.

The model, which is being described by the brand of four rings as having the power of a V6 combined with the efficiency of a four-cylinder, is the first Audi hybrid that makes use of two drive systems, with the possibility to disengage both drive units by means of a clutch. The unit offers a total output of 245 hp (189 kW) and 480 Nm (354.03 lb-ft) of torque.

This vehicle sprints in just 7.1 seconds to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) and tops out at 222 km/h (137.94 mph). On average, it consumes 6.9 liters of fuel per 100 km (34.09 US mpg) and emits 159 grams of CO2 per kilometer.

The Q5 hybrid quattro offers drivers three different driving models, which are selectable from a button on the center console or a selector lever. The modes include EV (for city driving), D (for optimal usage of the engine and the electric-motor) and the S mode for sporty driving.

Finally, the Q5 hybrid quattro’s curb weight is below 2,000 kilograms (4,409.25 lb), which makes it one of the market’s lightest hybrid SUVs.
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