Audi unveiled the 2021 Q5 facelift this week without mentioning the possibility of a high-performance RS version. The SQ5 with its gasoline engine is now quicker in North America thanks to different gear ratios, but it’s still no full-fat RS model. There might be some good news after all considering a company official just hinted about the prospects of an RS Q5.
In an interview with Australian magazine CarSales during the Q5’s virtual debut, Audi spokesman for midsize SUVs in Germany, Michael Crusius, did not necessarily exclude the possibility of an RS Q5. When asked whether Audi Sport would unlock the midsize crossover’s full potential by doing a go-faster RS version, his answer was:
“It remains exciting to see, but this is a topic that we cannot delve into. [It is] one of the few questions we will not be able to answer today.”
It’s neither a confirmation nor a denial, but it gives us hope Audi will eventually have an answer to the likes of the BMW X3 M and Mercedes-AMG GLC 63. If the Q5 will be going down the RS route, it only makes sense the Q5 Sportback scheduled to be revealed before the year’s end will also be RS-ified to join Audi Sport’s extended lineup of SUVs.
These two new members would likely inherit the twin-turbo 2.9-liter V6 engine from the RS4 Avant and RS5 Coupe / Sportback. It’s worth mentioning the 444-horsepower engine with its ample 600 Newton-meters (443 pound-feet) of torque is also installed in the S6 and S7 models sold by Audi in North America.
An RS Q5 has been a long time coming and we’re actually still a bit baffled as to why it’s missing from the lineup. The silver lining is Audi might finally launch the new range topper, quite possibly as early as 2021.