Rumors of an Audi RS Q5 have revolved around the interwebs since April 2015, but it’s July 1, 2020, and there is still no sign of that. The mid-size luxury crossover received a mid-cycle facelift this week, with the SQ5 remaining at the top of the food chain for the time being. Things could change in the near future as a new report released by Sale of cars quotes an Audi official who hasn’t exactly ruled out a faster version.
Asked about the prospects for an RS Q5, Michael Crusius, spokesperson for mid-size SUVs in Germany for Audi, said: “It is still exciting to see, but it is a subject that we cannot go into.” In other words, he doesn’t say no, but at the same time, he doesn’t say either. Reading between the lines, we would say it will happen, but maybe not right away.
If the RS Q5 is on the agenda, for example for a launch in 2021, it will probably have the same engine installed in the RS5. We’re talking about the 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 with 444 horsepower and 443 pound-feet (600 Newton meters) of torque available in the forbidden RS4 Avant fruit. Audi aficionados also know that the S6 Sedan and S7 Sportback sold in the United States also have this engine, while their European counterparts are stuck with diesel.
After launching a Q3 Sportback not for America with an RS version, Audi may consider doing the same for the larger SUV. We know full well that the Q5 Sportback will be presented before the end of the year, and it would be logical for the rival of the BMW X4 to get the SQ and RS performance treatments. These models would join Audi’s ever widening range of fast SUVs, with everything from the small SQ2 to the big dad – the RS Q8.
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