Details are limited, but reportedly Audi is considering turbo diesel engine rather than a petrol engine as in other RS models.
However it won’t be the big V12 TDI because it is too heavy. Sure it would pack plenty of power, but due to the heavy weight the performance wouldn’t be good enough compared to the main competitors like BMW X5 M, Mercedes GL 63 AMG and Porsche Cayenne Turbo.
In addition to a new unknown engine it will come with typical RS updates like a more aggressive body, upgraded suspension, bigger brakes and stiffer chassis.
We wouldn’t rule out an updated version of the 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 found currently in RS 6 Avant and RS 7 Sportback, where it packs 560 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque.
Whatever is under the bonnet it is expected to produce close to 600bhp to make it competitive in the high-performance SUV segment. The new Q7 is up to 325 lighter than the outgoing model, so with the right engine it could very well rival the other German super SUVs.
The renderings here are by talented X-Tomi Design.
The Audi Q7 RS is expected to debut in two or three years.