Audi Q5 RS first spy photos

Audi Q5 RS first spy photos 12.05.2011
Audi Q5 RS first spy photos 12.05.2011 / Copyright: Autoscoop.biz

Q5 RS prototype is sporting modifications typical of an RS variant - under the hood we suspect a dialed-up 3.0 liter TFSI

Here are a few spy shots of a suspected Audi Q5 RS prototype.

The vehicle spotted here is badged with a TDI Quattro emblem but it is sporting a quad-exhaust which is never fitted with a diesel engine. And the rear bumper appears to have been modified to fit those four pipes. The aluminum rims are typical RS test wheels and the front fenders could be a little wider too.

This Q5 RS prototype is also wearing plates from Heilbronn where Audi's RS unit's R&D facility is located.

What could be under the hood here, we really don't know. But in 2009, Audi presented a Q5 Custom Concept at the Wörthersee Tour in Austria that featured a 3.0 TFSI V6 delivering 408 PS (300 kW) and 500 Nm of torque and was taken to be a preview to what a future Q5 RS variant would look like.

Published May 12th, 2011 4:50pm By Alex Ricciuti
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BrettGoldsworthy BrettGoldsworthy
already in australia - looked and sounded awesome
Jan 2nd, 2012 10:22pm
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audifreakcom audifreakcom
The New Audi RS Q5 will be a 3.0 V6 TTDI (biturbo) 300 ps 8 speed gearbox, first RS car with diesel..
May 15th, 2011 3:31pm
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Mark47 Mark47
I'm that this car is Porsche Cajun prototype
May 13th, 2011 5:08pm
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SPY PHOTOS!!!??? of what? This is a normal looking Q5. Nothing worth seeing.
May 13th, 2011 7:50am
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GTurbo GTurbo
This is an interesting discussion actually. I've been wondering what the point of the 'S' models are since there's more emphasis on RS versions now. This Q5 RS is a little too predictable and pointless in equal measure (especially without the 'S' variant preceding it). Reactive rather than proactive seems to be the norm at Audi recently.
May 13th, 2011 1:35am
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CReeds CReeds
My $$$'s on an S variant. RS version doesn't make sense IMO. Quad tips suggest S, not RS, and there really aren't any other clues (no silver mirrors, etc.)
May 13th, 2011 1:17am
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Maybe it's just a tuning of this car owner?
May 12th, 2011 10:35pm
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May 12th, 2011 9:41pm
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Come one WCF seriously? Quad tips = 'S' When's the last time Audi made an 'RS' without an 'S' coming before it.
May 12th, 2011 9:39pm
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Gronig Gronig
Maybe "only" a Q5 S-version?
May 12th, 2011 8:23pm
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N20_Purge N20_Purge
A small SUV with 400hp... I'm sorry, who is this car aimed for again?
May 12th, 2011 7:00pm
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Garais87 Garais87
once now Audi racing LeMans with V6 TDI 3.7l and over 540PS, i think we will hear a lot about this engine(V6 TDI) in future in road cars with masive bhp :)
May 12th, 2011 6:02pm
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rsrtampa rsrtampa
They have more than one RS at the moment so I think thats changed. I agree that I don't really see the purpose here either but maybe they're wanting to compete with the Cayenne and new Jeep SRT8.
May 12th, 2011 5:54pm
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Really?? I can't see the appeal of this, considering Audi only make one RS model at a time ( - is this still the case now??) I'd say all that will do is deprive us of a proper RS model for however long it is in production for.
May 12th, 2011 4:57pm
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automobile007 automobile007
I don't think that's their policy anymore, aren't they currently producing thE RS3, RS5 and still the old RS6 avant?
May 12th, 2011 5:08pm
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The RS6 has stopped production, as has the TT-RS I think - only very few of them coming through that are already built, the RS3 has been unveiled but didn't think it has been fully released for deliveries yet which leaves the RS5? It's a shame because the RS-models are amazing, I just can't see the point in this one, there's supposed to be an RS7 coming too - I'd rather see that brought forward than have a Q5 RS around.
May 12th, 2011 6:05pm
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