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Audi confirms RS version of second-gen Q7

Top Gear magazine is citing sources close to Audi who are saying an RS Q7 will be launched.

The first generation Audi Q7 never received the RS treatment but that’s about to change with its successor as the new full-size SUV will benefit from a fully-fledged RS version positioned on top of the range. It will likely be out in 2-3 years and according to the report it will receive a turbodiesel engine. It won’t be the massive V12 TDI as this is just too big and heavy for the new Q7 which compared to the model is replacing it has lost up to 716 lbs (325 kg)

The report does not entirely rule out the possibility of a turbocharged gasoline engine, with a viable candidate being the twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 from the RS6 Avant and RS7 Sportback where it delivers 560 HP & 700 Nm but for the RS Q7 it could be further tweaked to develop more power.

Audi RS Q7 render by X-Tomi Design
Audi RS Q7 render by X-Tomi Design

Aside from receiving a more powerful engine, the Audi RS Q7 will also come with a stiffer chassis setup, larger brakes, beefy suspension, bigger wheels and a quattro all-wheel drive system while interior cabin tweaks are also planned to denote the model’s exclusivity.

As a final note, the high-performance full-size SUV from Ingolstadt is set to go up against the Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 and the BMW X5 M.

Note: Audi RS Q7 renders by RM Design and X-Tomi Design pictured.

via Top Gear

Adrian Padeanu

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