Audi Q5 S spy shots – Click above for high-res image gallery

Our intrepid spy photographers have caught what appears to be the first prototype of a hotter Audi Q5 S crossover. This tester is clearly sporting larger brakes and a quad-exhaust setup, leading us to believe that this isn't just another S-Line suspension and badge job.

Our spies speculate that power will likely come from a boosted version of Audi's 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four – similar to the engine found in the TTS and S3. That means anywhere from 265 to 280 horsepower could be on tap in the Q5 S, and while that might sound sporty, keep in mind that the current Q5's naturally aspirated 3.2-liter V6 pumps out 270 hp.

If so, could this Q5 S merely serve as a replacement for the six-cylinder Q5? Maybe. Scroll through our high-res image gallery and speculate about the Q5 S for yourself in the comments.

UPDATE: Our spy photographers sent over some more information about the Q5 S, citing that it will not be powered by Audi's 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four, but instead the supercharged 3.0-liter V6. Used in the S4, this engine produces 333 hp, which makes a whole lot more sense if a proper S-badged variant of the Q5 is indeed in the works.


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      DE
      • 3 Years Ago
      Don't you think it would be the 3.0L Supercharged engine from the S4? I agree with "MJC" here, the quad-tip exhaust and the size of the Q5 platform make it an ideal home for this engine. It's a lightweight HP option that would make much more sense than a high-strung I-4. Also, Given the brakes in this spy shot, it's got to be the real deal (concept).
        Rob
        • 3 Years Ago
        @DE
        Agreed The standard Q5 has the 2.0tfsi and the hybrid 2.0tfsi A 272hp 3.0tfsi would make sense to replace the old V6 and the Q5 S would have the 333hp version. Be nice to toss in the 3.0TDI also
      MJC
      • 3 Years Ago
      There is no way the S version would include version of the 2.0TFSI. Like the S4, and hinted at by the quad-tip exhaust, it'll likely get the 3.0. That will also alleviate the issue of having comparable HP to the 3.2.
      MiCKeY
      • 3 Years Ago
      why not the TT-RS's inline 5!?
        ESLKid75
        • 3 Years Ago
        @MiCKeY
        Because they want to come out with a Q5 RS later, hopefully? :-)
      KCyclone
      • 3 Years Ago
      I would think that the supercharged 6 could make an "S" out of this ride, but I don't see the 2.0T doing so.
      mkM3
      • 3 Years Ago
      I know Audi's engine lineup across the range tends to be a bag of confusion, but I would honestly be surprised if they don't give up the 3.2L in favor of the 2.0 TFSI in the Q5 and the 3.0 TFSI in the Q5 S.
      Myself
      • 3 Years Ago
      Q3? Hard to tell, there's not much to assess the size against and the only way how to tell Audis apart is size.
        Hek!
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Myself
        Except that is definitely a Q5. The differences might be subtle to most people but the fact is not all Audis look the same, similar yes but definitely not the same
      Tom Immen
      • 3 Years Ago
      I want to order one of these today! Come on Audi, release this as a 2012 asap!
      Rudukai13
      • 3 Years Ago
      I really like the wheel and tire proportions on this car.
      Richard
      • 3 Years Ago
      Is Audi starting to go down big brother Porsche's road of charging more for less?
      JohnnyNeat
      • 3 Years Ago
      Love this car, but damn if Audi isn't pricey. Otherwise I'd be all over it. Like to see the Audi division make smarter choices than the main VW side of the family though.
      QAZZY
      • 3 Years Ago
      I seem to against hotted-up SUVs. The high center of gravity doesn't let you enjoy the great handling typical of Audis, or the great engines (on most hot-rod soccer mom rides). Dammit, just bring the S4 Avant. Same utility, same engine (better performance) and better dynamics. The A/S4 looks are pretty nice too. -Pro station wagons, anti SUVs.
        Hernan
        • 3 Years Ago
        @QAZZY
        My '10 Q5 3.2 is surprisingly agile - high center of gravity not really a problem, it'll slide a lot sooner than it will begin to feel tippy. However, it's too damn heavy. Spirited city driving for the first 4,000 miles led to cupping in the front tires and a warning from Audi that if I didn't take it easy in the corners I'd have to replace them soon. Also, the Audi dealer told me that for the Q5 and Q7 they usually replace both the brake pads AND the rotors when they do a brake job because they're so heavy. Meaning it will cost about $800 for the fronts and $800 for the back (I will definitely consult a non-dealer before paying that). So in summary: buying an SUV to go fast makes no sense.
        ESLKid75
        • 3 Years Ago
        @QAZZY
        You should really test drive the Q5 before bashing its handling. It is surprisingly agile and I find its handling a lot better than my A3 3.2 Sportback, believe it or not...
      cmunic8r99
      • 3 Years Ago
      The 3.2 comes in at 200-ish lbs heavier than the 2.0T, so that weight savings alone would make the HP similarity a bad comparison. Add to that the 3.2 has less torque than the 2.0T, and I can see the Q5 S overcoming the downsize in engine quite well.
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