An Audi executive says the firm has yet to fully commit to the idea of an RS Q5, saying the company will “see what comes”.
Michaela Benz, who is the product manager for the Q5 line, told Autocar that the Ingolstadt-based firm would hang fire on introducing a full-fat RS version of the SUV until it confirmed there was sufficient demand.
“We’re happy that our RS models are receiving such a good reception but we will start with the normal SQ5 TDI and TFSI in their respective markets and see what comes,” she said.
Rumours of an RS-badged version of the Q5 stretch back to mid-2017, when reports suggested Audi planned to fill the gap between the RS Q3 and RS Q8. The firm’s turbocharged 2,9-litre V6 seems a likely candidate to provide power.
In June 2020, an Audi executive all but confirmed an RS Q5 was on the cards, conceived to take on the likes of the BMW X3 M Competition and the Mercedes-AMG GLC63 S. A Sportback version is also expected to be offered to take on the X4 M Competition and GLC63 S Coupé.
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