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Audi: No RS models for Audi Q5 and Audi Q7

Audi Q5

Audi has ruled out RS models for the Audi Q5 and Audi Q7 and will therefore not compete against the BMW X5 M and BWM X6 M.

Reil said that the RS models will be developed only “when it is technically possible,” and that the RS badge must continue to represent only the “maximum expression of performance and driving dynamics.”

Translation: Audi won’t slap an RS badge on any tuned up model just to make headlines. RS models need to deliver on the performance front in a way that can match the excellence of the M division of BMW as well as Mercedes-Benz’s AMG unit.