A new report indicates Audi has plans to launch a full-blown RS version for the second-generation Q5.

The Ingolstadt-based automaker sees potential in an RS lineup expansion by giving its upcoming midsize SUV the sportiest treatment possible. Audi has observed an increasing demand in high-performance SUVs as sales of the RS Q3 are actually better than the company’s original estimations. Fueled by the success of this model, Audi thinks an RS Q5 would do well for the company.

If the report turns out to be valid, expect the Audi RS Q5 to feature a biturbo 3.0-liter V6 gasoline engine that will also propel the upcoming RS4 and RS5.  The newly developed motor serves as a replacement for the naturally-aspirated 4.2-liter V8 and is expected to generate more than 450 horsepower. The engine has already been introduced in the S4 where it pushes out 354 hp and 369 pound-feet (500 newton meters) of torque.

As you would expect from an RS model, the flagship Q5 will come with a standard quattro all-wheel drive system and will utilize the same dual-clutch S tronic gearbox as the aforementioned RS4 & RS5 duo.

The regular Q5 will be introduced later this year, possibly in October at the Paris Motor Show before going into production in Mexico at Audi’s San José Chiapa factory. The range-topping RS variant is expected to follow about a year later.

Source: autocar.co.uk

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