The UK’s Autocar quotes sources close to Audi who say the upcoming second generation Q5 will feature an RS variant with more than 336kW.
The trio is said to be in development together, which may result in shared engines, all-wheel-drive systems and S-tronic dual-clutch automatic transmissions.
Power may come from a 3.0 litre twin-turbo V6 petrol engine, which fans will see later this year in the RS 4 and 5 and which replaces the naturally-aspirated 4.2 litre V8.
Audi chairman Rupert Stadler reportedly told the UK mag that performance SUVs are strong-sellers for the four-ring brand.
“We’ve identified increasing demand for performance-based SUVs in all of our key global markets,” Mr Stadler said.
“When we launched the RS Q3 we expected it to do well, but the sales have topped our expectations. We think we can build on this with a larger and more powerful model.”
Q5 buyers in Australia for now can choose from two petrol-powered variants producing 165kW or 200kW, or the storming TDI 180kW diesel SQ5.
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