In a move toward building more SUVs and perhaps more projects in the future, Audi is about to introduce a brand new RS model this coming March. And guess what? The latest Audi to be wearing the Renn Sport Racing badge is none other than the Audi Q5. With that being said, the Audi RS Q5 will be the first in the model range to have the performance brand’s profile aside from of course, the existing Audi RS Q3.
With only a few weeks left before the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, Audi Sport’s Stephan Winkelmann has finally confirmed they are indeed showcasing 450 horsepower Audi RS Q5 at the event. In a statement, the former Lamborghini CEO mentioned about the significance of the upcoming motor show in Geneva and how the RS will be setting a new era for their B-segment.
Although the Audi RS Q5 will be using the SQ5 platform, the RS portfolio will definitely enhance its performance. Chances are great that it will be using an improved version of the SQ5’s current 3.0 liter V6 petrol engine. If not, then it could also make use of the 2.9-liter V6 engine from Porsche. Speculations are quite strong that its engine will be a joint development between Porsche and Audi. Either way, the RS Q5 is expected to accelerate from 0-62mph under five seconds. The SQ5, as we know, normally runs from 0-62 miles per hour in 5.4 seconds.
For those who still have doubts, Audi won’t be using the RS Q3’s 2.5 litre 5-cylinder engine on the RS Q5. Winkelmann said that they want to keep the said engine to the A-segment. After the Bavarian marque unveils the RS Q5 next month, we’d definitely be seeing more Audi SUVs with better performance. The German automaker has been aware about the growth of the SUV segment. For them, it is a great challenge to have more SUVs for their future lineups. Audi is currently developing an RS Q6, RS Q4 and RS Q2 high performance SUVs.
Also, we know for a fact how much the company wants to expand the RS lineups from seven to fourteen models in only a matter of time. Of course, it would be awesome to see other RS models aside from the Q’s (or Audi’s sport utility vehicle segment to be exact). But since the expansion project is in full swing, we’re keeping our hopes up for an RS convertible, wagon and sedan models to follow soon.