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Friday 22nd October 2010


Audi: No RS For SUVs

Tech boss rules out RS versions of Q5 or Q7


Audi will not make RS versions of its Q5 and Q7 SUVs, says Audi's technical boss, Stephan Reil.

According to Italian blog site autoblog.it Reil said that only "when it is technically possible" will RS models be developed, and that RS Audis will remain the "maximum expression of performance and driving dynamics".

It's essentially a (not-so) veiled swipe at the BMW X5M and X6M and AMG Mercedes SUVs. 'We can build a fast SUV,' Audi is saying (metaphorically pointing at the 500hp, 738lb ft Q7 V12 TDI), 'but that doesn't make it worthy of an RS badge'.

Audi's Q5 Custom Concept (pictured) from last year's Worthersee Tour was fitted with a 3.0 TFSI V6 delivering 402bhp and was thought to have been a precursor to a future Q5 RS variant.

Author: Riggers

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