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Audi sat on the sidelines for long enough watching its rivals get the better of it in the SUV game, then it finally jumped in on the action with the Q7, followed by the Q5 and soon the Q3. But even as its crossover range broadens, there's still another mountain to conquer: that of the performance SUV.

Rumors of impending S and RS versions of the Q5 have been milling about for a while now, and have now been given a voice once again courtesy of Car and Driver magazine's source in Germany. Little in the way of details beyond a brief mention were disclosed, but word has it that Audi has registered both the SQ5 and RSQ5 nameplates with copyright authorities. That doesn't mean any such vehicles will ever reach our roads, but if the reports are true, it does at least indicate Audi's giving it serious thought.

[Source: Car and Driver]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Am I the only one who is hoping this doesn't come to fruition? Audi is the last of the big three German luxury manufacturers who hasn't diluted their performance brand by slapping badges on over-powered SUVs.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This has got to be a joke...

      RSQ5 but no RS4?!??

      Come on Audi...get it together!
        • 4 Years Ago
        S4 avant is already available except in North America.

        I still don't think there will be an RS4 based on the current A4 because there is already a B8-platform RS car (RS5). Also, the last RS4 was a B7 and the one before that was a B5, so it's not entirely unheard of for the RS4 to skip a platform generation.

        The SQ5 will probably have the supercharged 3.0 from the current S4.
        • 4 Years Ago
        my thoughts exactly

        or how about a S4 Avant and and RS4 Avant?

        I guess it seems that a CUV that (thinks that it) performs like a sports car is in high demand right now????

        whatever

        how bout Audi brings us a RWD A4 first
        • 4 Years Ago
        New RS4 is in the Audi plans ;)

        SQ5 and RSQ5 would be awesome.
      • 4 Years Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      Quick, what's the acronym for acronym stock? I'm buying!
      • 4 Years Ago
      RSQ5??? A medical emergency with leather seats and a V8?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wouldn't logic have them called Q5 S and Q5 RS? Something's off. And I think we should blame Porsche if anyone for this overpowered SUV fiasco.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I think that would make more sense but, from what I understand, Porsche gets upset when people put RS at the end of cars name like it's done with the 911 GT3 RS
        • 4 Years Ago
        Reallly? Where have you heard this? that would explain things :
        • 4 Years Ago
        Porsche did it with their Cayenne since it's (become) their volume seller. People who are interested in Porsches don't mind the price hike for more powerful models since it's pretty much expected. Audi, on the other hand, is charging a premium for an audience that can't or doesn't expect to cope with such a price increase. However, I'm pretty sure Audi knows it's not targeting A3 or A4 buyers, which makes me wonder if this will cannibalize Cayenne sales, or just not sell very well at all.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I read it in CAR magazine - or possibly Motor Trend sometime last year...not entirely sure which :(
      • 4 Years Ago
      Well Audi keeps on copying every car bmw has launched....X5-Q7 X3-Q5 X1-Q3 now RSQ5~X5 M
      • 4 Years Ago
      Give me a break.

      Just put the blown 3.0 in it and call it a day.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Precisely spin cycle. They did it in the bigger Q7 why do they not do it in the Q3?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why can't SUVs just be the utilitarian overweight station wagons they are meant to be?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Is it me, or would it have made more sense if the Q was first.... as in QS5 or QRS5??

      Either way, I am getting more than a little sick of these overdone crossovers trying to be sportscars. A big engine is not the only thing needed for a vehicle to be considered a performance vehicle.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I wonder if the QRS5 would be a Teutonic Utility Vehicle With eXperimental Yaw Zeroing...
        • 4 Years Ago
        It would make more sense to name it Q5 S or Q5 RS
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