More Audi RS SUVs Coming, Q7 in addition to Q8 Most Likely
Audi has never stuck its range-topping RS badge to any SUV larger than the baby Q3, although which’s set to change. When Car in addition to Driver spoke with Audi Sport boss Stephan Winkelmann at the launch of the RS3 sedan, he confirmed which we can expect to see several brand-new RS SUVs.
Winkelmann’s previous job was as head of Lamborghini, where he was responsible for the decision to create the upcoming Urus SUV. He admits which he immediately identified the lack of anything similar when he took over at Audi Sport, home of the company’s RS-badged cars as well as the R8 in addition to the customer racing program.
“We don’t have a big lineup,” he told us. “The right cars means having them in segments which are growing, in addition to also segments which are equally distributed inside the regions of the globe. Therefore a CUV shift is usually due; we are working on the item, in addition to you will see the item coming.”
Insiders have previously indicated which both the Q7 in addition to the upcoming Q8 (concept preview pictured at top) are likely recipients for the RS treatment, satisfying Winkelmann’s criterion of appealing in all of the globe’s major markets. A brace of ultra-high-performance RS SUVs would certainly let Audi enter an arena where its rivals are already well established in addition to take the fight to the BMW X5M in addition to X6M as well as the Mercedes-AMG GLE63 in addition to its coupe sibling. Not to mention Lamborghini’s Urus, the Porsche Cayenne, in addition to even its Bentley Bentayga cousin.
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although while Audi already offers an SQ7 in Europe fitted having a triple-boosted diesel V-8, Winklemann said there are no plans to massage This particular powerplant for use in an RS: “If I have to put money down for an investment which has to make a return worldwide, then diesel will never be the priority.” Instead, the most obvious engine would certainly be the twin-turbocharged V-8 by the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S, which we believe is usually also going to power the Urus.
Winkelmann’s enthusiasm for crossovers could also see the arrival of an RS edition of the Q5, which is usually a platform mate of the Porsche Macan in addition to could take mechanical inspiration by the Macan Turbo. Meanwhile, the RS Q3 will stick with its iron-block turbocharged inline-5 until the item’s replaced.