We recently heard that Audi Sport would be expanding its lineup to include more unconventional vehicles. Some of those vehicles will include SUVs, as high-performance utility vehicles are becoming more and more popular. According to Audi Sport boss Stephan Winkelmann, it seems that the first Audi Sport SUV will be the upcoming Audi RS Q8.
“Today we have a product line-up which we are working on which will be expanded in more prestige segments and bodystyles which are sellable around the world, SUVs.” Winkelmann recently told Auto Express. Now, Winkelmann didn’t say which SUV it would be but he ruled out the Audi Q7 and it seems that Audi Sport wants to use a more luxurious vehicle. “The Q7 is now in a phase of its lifecycle which, in my opinion, to be profitable is too late to step in,” said Winkelmann. “But a lot of markets are demanding bigger cars.”
Considering that he claimed markets are looking for bigger cars, it seems as if he’s pointing to the Q8, rather than something smaller like the Q5. Plus, there’s been a lot of sporty Q8 concepts recently, such as the Audi Q8 Sport Concept. This shows us that Audi is already looking at the performance aspect of the Q8. Also, Audi has a lot of competitors in this market. The BMW X6 M and Mercedes-AMG GLE63 S Coupe.
Also ruling out the idea of this SUV being a smaller Q5 is luxury. “The other key aspects for us are comfort, quality and safety. Here we don’t compromise and even if we do SUVs they have to have all of this.” Winkelmann told Auto Express.
Under the hood, the Audi RS Q8 will likely be powered by the twin-turbocharged V8 engine that will power the upcoming Lamborghini Urus. So expect it to be mighty fast. There’s no word of any hybrid power but don’t expect any diesel engines, like in the Audi SQ7. “Diesel is not compatible with a world car; there are countries where you cannot sell the diesel.”