Audi Q5 RS Set For 2017 Debut – Report

Since Audi’s first-ever Q5 SUV model, rumours have persisted that a hot RS version would eventually join the range and now it looks as though that day is close to arriving.

The UK’s Autocar quotes sources said to be close to Audi who say the upcoming second generation Q5 will feature an RS variant with more than 336kW.

The new variant could arrive as early as next year, and may share some of its DNA with the fourth-generation RS 4 and the second-generation RS 5.

The trio is said to be undergoing the development stage together, which may result in shared engines, all-wheel-drive systems and S-tronic dual-clutch automatic transmissions.

Power may come from a 3.0 litre twin-turbo V6 petrol engine, which fans will see later this year in the RS 4 and 5 and which replaces the naturally-aspirated 4.2 litre V8.

The regular Audi Q5. Top of page: Audi h-tron quattro Concept

The regular Audi Q5. Top of page: Audi h-tron quattro Concept

Audi chairman Rupert Stadler reportedly told the UK mag that performance SUVs are strong-sellers for the four-ring brand.

“We’ve identified increasing demand for performance-based SUVs in all of our key global markets,” Mr Stadler said. “When we launched the RS Q3 we expected it to do well, but the sales have topped our expectations. We think we can build on this with a larger and more powerful model.”

Q5 buyers in Australia for now will need to choose from two petrol-powered variants producing 165kW or 200kW while the TDI 180kW diesel SQ5 model is also available.