Although Audi claims it has no desire to build an “S” or “RS” version of any of its SUVs the spy photos we shared last month indicated otherwise. Quad-exhaust tips, 20-inch multi-piece rims wrapped around large diameter brake discs and calipers are all indicative of Audi S trim models.
Now European auto magazine Autocar hints that the SQ5 we caught testing could actually be the test mule for the upcoming baby Porsche SUV. The Porsche Cajun will share platforms and some drivetrains with the Q5 to lessen R&D and component costs, thus further strengthening ties between the two brands.
One engine the two SUVs will share will be Audi’s 309 hp, 479 lb-ft twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 diesel. The oil-burner will be the top engine for the European models. Audi’s head of engine development, Axel Eisner, indicated to Autocar that the new twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6 diesel will eventually make its way across almost Audi’s entire lineup as well. Eisner denied the engine will power a new line of diesel-powered S models, but he confirmed a twin-turbocharged four-cylinder diesel is in the works, likely for the A3.
No word yet if the twin-turbo V-6 diesel – or the twin-turbo four-cylinder oil-burner – will make it to our shores in the Q5 or the Cayenne’s baby brother. It’s likely that we could receive both engines, because Audi reportedly desires to expand its use of diesel engines stateside. The current engine lineup in the U.S. for Q5 models are the 211 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine and the more powerful 3.2 FSI V6 rated at 270 hp and 243 lb-ft of torque.