Audi has confirmed it will produce a high-performance version of the recently introduced Q7 full-size SUV, Top Gear reports. The automaker wouldn’t confirm the faster Q7 would receive an RS badge, saying only that the model would be built in traditional “Audi style.”
A high-performance Q7 would benefit greatly from the new SUV’s lighter chassis, made up of a mixture of high-strength steel and aluminum. The new platform has helped Audi shave 716.5 lb from its three-row crossover over the outgoing model, which should translate into improved acceleration and handling.
Surprisingly, Audi didn’t scoff at the idea of a diesel, TDI-powered high-performance Q7. The brand’s V12 diesel probably won’t find its way under the hood, however, as it would be “too heavy,” according to Top Gear’s source. If a gasoline engine option ends up in the potential RS Q7, it would likely be the same 560 horsepower twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 used in the RS6.
The same cosmetic treatments applied to Audi’s existing RS models will probably also grace the sportiest version of the Q7. That means a lower ride height, more aggressive front and rear fascias, larger exhaust pipes, sporty wheels with high-performance rubber and a flat-bottom steering wheel, among other changes.
Top Gear’s source said we’ll still have to “wait some time” for the RS Q7 to arrive, but when it does, expect it to have fellow German high-performance SUVs directly in its crosshairs.