As of yet, there’s been no Audi Sport version of the Q5 SUV. There’s been two iterations of the SQ5, a slightly hotter version of the standard crossover, but never a full-on RS Q5. However, we know that more Audi Sport SUVs are on their way and the RS Q5 will be one of them. And Audi is going to need it because there’s yet another player in town and it seems seriously good — the BMW X3 M.
We haven’t driven the BMW X3 M just yet but we have actually been for a ride in it. At a BMW press launch several months back, we had the chance to take a shotgun ride in the X3 M on track, with a pro-driver at the helm. It’s ferociously fast and far more capable than a crossover has the right to be. And Audi is going to need a very good answer to it soon.
The BMW X3 M gets a 3.0 liter twin-turbocharged inline-six engine, which is an M-ified version of the same I6 in most ’40i’ labeled BMWs. In standard spec, it makes 473 hp, which is quite good on its own. However, the BMW X3 M Competition makes a whopping 503 hp from the very same engine. That’s a whole lot. That engine is paired with an eight-speed automatic and an all-wheel drive system with two modes; one standard and one sportier mode.
According to BMW, the X3 M Competition can clock 60 mph in just about four seconds. However, we’ve seen some independent test results crack 3.8 seconds, which is astonishingly quick for a crossover. That’s Audi RS5 territory in an SUV with a big trunk.
When Audi does eventually debut the RS Q5, it’s likely going to use the same 2.9 liter twin-turbocharged V6 as the RS4 and RS5. So it should make around 450 hp. Though, Audi might have to up its game a bit, as the X3 M in its standard guise makes more power than that. In Competition spec, it makes more than almost every Audi Sport model.
So Audi needs the RS Q5 and it needs it soon and it needs it to be a hit. Otherwise, the BMW X3 M is going to take over the segment. Not only is it newer than the Mercedes-AMG GLC63 and Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio but it’s faster, too.