Audi beefs up its new compact Q5 SUV with a high-performance variant: the 2018 SQ5.

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The new model debuted this week at the 2017 Detroit auto show with 354 horsepower in tow.

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Zero to 60 mph happens in just 5.1 seconds.

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The extra grunt comes by way of a new turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine building 369 pound-feet of torque.

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That engine is mated to a standard eight-speed automatic transmission and quattro all-wheel drive.

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The SQ5 sees upgrades that boost its handling and stopping as well.

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A new sport adaptive air suspension is 30mm lower than the Q5's air suspension in its resting state.

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The ride height and stiffness are adjustable via the four-mode Audi drive select system.

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The SUV also boasts some cred in the dirt with elevated and more elevated all-road and off-road ride height settings.

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Technologically speaking, the SQ5 inherits its driver aid and cabin technology from the new Q5.

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The hotter 2018 Audi SQ5 hits the road in spring 2017.

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