Many automakers are using the festivities surrounding this weekend’s 24 Hours of Le Mans race to unveil new models, and Audi is no different. According to Auto Express, the German automaker may unveil a “hot” version of its Q5 crossover at Le Mans.
There is precedent for a tuned, faster version of an Audi crossover: two months ago, Audi showed off the Q3 RS concept at the Beijing Motor Show. That car had a matte-blue paint job, a sportier body kit, and the 360-hp, turbocharged 2.5-liter inline-five engine from the Audi TT RS. The Q3 RS remains a concept for now, though Audi is apparently considering eventually putting it on sale.
As for the Q5, Audi is reportedly rolling out a fast version to compete with the powerful crossovers and SUVs offered by rivals like BMW and Mercedes-Benz. It’s possible this new version of the Q5 could be called the Q5 S or Q5 RS. Auto Express asserts that the new model will use a twin-turbo, 3.0-liter diesel V-6 with 309 hp and 472 lb-ft of torque. If so, that would be enough to send the spicier Q5 from 0 to 62 mph in five seconds flat, and on to a top speed of 155 mph.
If Audi does unveil a performance variant of the Q5, and if that model goes on sale in Europe, it’s uncertain whether it would make it to our market. The 2013 Audi Q5 (pictured) will be available here either with a 211-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four, or a 270-hp, 3.2-liter V-6 engine. The Q5 will soon be offered here with a tamer 3.0-liter turbodiesel V-6 producing about 225 hp, which is meant to help Audi meet tighter fuel-economy guidelines.
Source: Auto Express