Audi Could Build an RS Version for the Next-Generation Q5

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German media recently published some features of the next-generation of the Q5, and although insiders claim you will have to look twice to know which is which, the new crossover will still have some big improvements across its versions.
First of all, the next Q5 will be 20% lighter than the previous generation, will have garage pilot, improved ergonomics, larger touch displays, laser light, and a freely programmable instrument cluster.

When in comes to engines, customers will be able to choose from a wide range of power units. The 3.0-liter TDI with 218 and 272 PS single-turbo versions will be available on the base model, together with all-wheel-drive and a seven-speed automatic gearbox.

The SQ5 will get a twin-turbo engine with a potential power of 340 PS and the famous ZF eight-speed automatic.

For those who want a smaller engine, the 2.0-liter TDI with 150, 163 and 190 PS will also be available.

The gasoline-powered units will include a 2.0-liter TFSI with 190 PS installed on the Q5 Ultra, as well as a 252 PS version. American clients will be the only ones to receive the 3.0-liter TFSI from the all-new S4.

Also, Audi plans to launch a plug-in hybrid version by late autumn of 2017, with a power output of 252 horsepower and a range of approximately 70 kilometers in full electric mode.

As you all know, the current generation doesn’t have an RS version, but according to Auto Bild, the next-gen will. The Q5 RS will be powered by a longitudinal version of the 2.5-liter TFSI from the TT-RS that will develop around 400 horsepower. This might get a bit tricky considering that the 2.5-liter was transverse in the TT RS, RSQ3 or the RS3.

We know that Audi is planning to extend the quattro brand, but if this happens, it will be the first time Audi makes a more hardcore Q5. Maybe this will put Mercedes-Benz and BMW to work on full-blown AMG and M versions of their GLC and X3, respectively.
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