Audi’s intention to bring out the Renn Sport Racing version of the Q5 was made clear when it unveiled the Audi SQ5 at the 2017 Detroit Motor Show early this year. Amazingly, the new Audi RS Q5 is expected to show off its high-performance nature by having under its elegantly sporty bonnet a powerful engine that is already fitted in the new Audi RS 5 Coupe.
Following the reveal of the SQ5 in January 2017, it was widely expected that Audi would take the wraps off the new RS Q5 at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show in March. To the dismay of many Audi fans and enthusiasts, that unveiling didn’t happen, and the guessing game for the new Audi RS Q5 continues. Of course, one of the matters being debated is the core of the any vehicle – the engine.
As revealed, the Audi SQ5 is powered by a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 TFSI aluminum engine that delivers 260 kW (354 hp) of max output and 500 Nm (368.8 lb.-ft.) of peak torque available between 1,370 rp and 4,500 rpm. This allows the SQ5 to sprint from zero to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 5.4 seconds on the way to reaching an electronically governed top speed of 250 km/h (155.3 mph).
But of course, the Audi RS Q5 would boast of a more powerful engine than the one found in the SQ5. It wouldn’t be powered by the five-cylinder mill that is found in the Audi RS Q3. This engine generates 250 kW (340 hp) of max output and 450 Nm of torque. This 2.5-liter engine is already less potent than the V6 mill installed in the Audi SQ5, which means this couldn’t be the proper powerplant to be installed in the upcoming Audi RS Q5.
However, Audi doesn’t have to look far just to find a suitable engine for the new RS Q5, especially if the mill found in the engine bay of the Audi RS 5 Coupe is already potent enough. Thus, there have been speculations that the German premium carmaker is eyeing to employ the 2.9-liter TFSI V6 bi-turbo engine to propel the new Audi RS Q5.
Featuring two turbochargers positioned centrally between its cylinder banks, the 2.9-liter TFSI V6 engine in the RS 5 Coupe is tuned to deliver 444 hp (450 PS or 331 kW) of max output and 600 Nm (442.5 lb.-ft.) of peak torque available between 1,900 rpm and 5,000 rpm. This powerful engine allows the RS 5 Coupe to sprint from zero to 62 mph in 3.9 seconds and could even go as fast as 174 mph (with optional dynamic package).
Since the Audi RS Q5 is heavier than the RS 5 Coupe, there would be an expected difference in the performance level of these two vehicles -- one being an SUV and the other a coupe. Of course, with better power levels, the Audi RS Q5 should vastly outperform the Audi SQ5. That is, if Audi really puts the 2.9-liter TFSI V6 engine into the RS Q5.