When Audi first created the RS Q3, the fastest and most performance oriented version of the Q3 SUV, Audi felt that it would sell well but it’s far exceeded the expectations. “We’ve identified increasing demand for performance-based SUVs in all of our key global markets. When we launched the RS Q3 we expected it to do well, but the sales have topped our expectations. We think we can build on this with a larger and more powerful model,” according to Audi Chairman Rupert Stadler.
With the RS Q3 exceeding sales expectations, Audi has decided to move forward with the RS Q5. This Audi RS Q5 will come with the second-generation Q5 in 2017. The RS Q5 is said to debut with Audi’s new 3.0 liter twin-turbocharged V6, the same one supposedly being used in the upcoming RS4, which should develop around 450 hp and be mated to a seven-speed S-Tronic gearbox. Audi’s Quattro all-wheel drive system will also appear.
This Audi RS Q5 is being developed in Neckarsulm, Germany, the headquarters of Audi’s Quattro division. However, it will be built alongside all other Audi Q5s in Audi’s new $1.3 billion San Jose Chiapa, Mexico plant.
The Audi RS Q5 will be the only one of its kind in the segment and that’s important. With no other small SUVs in the segment going for big power and performance, Audi will essentially invent the niche market. All other competitors will be compared to the RS Q5 from here on out. So if BMW creates an X3 M or Mercedes-Benz create a GLC AMG, they will have to compete with the demand that Audi’s already created.