2018 Audi RS Q5 First Look Review

2018 Audi RS Q5 First Look Review

Like the redesigned Audi A5 that was introduced beside it at the 2016 Paris car show, the all-new 2018 Audi Q5 is a model that looks much like its predecessor. In actuality, many may confuse the new-generation Q5 as little more than a facelift–the new car’s negative profile, and rear-end design, in particular, look almost identical to the current Q5’s. Fortunately, touches like a chunky, Q7-inspired grille, LED headlights, and swollen front fenders that leak in the hood help gives the 2018 Q5 a fresh-faced look when seen head-on.

2018 Audi RS Q5 Exterior and Interior

The RS Q5 will find the normal Audi RS styling updates over the conventional Q5. That means bigger alloy wheels using non sport tires, while the car’s monitor — the width between the left and right wheels — ought to be made wider to give it more stability.

Its front bumper will be stronger compared to the normal model and attribute bigger air intakes to trendy its more powerful engine. Wheelchairs will be subtly flared to give it a more squat stance and the rear bumper will probably house a diffuser with two oval exhaust pipes poking out.

Inside, the RS Q5 will have a few choice upgrades over the normal model. Carbon-fiber-effect trims will be put on the dashboard whilst heavily bolstered sports seats should help hold you in place around fast corners. The standard round steering wheel will be swapped out for a flat-bottomed version for a more race-car-like feel.

As a top-of-the-range model, the RS Q5 will come as standard with lots of equipment and tech. Audi’s Virtual Cockpit digital dials will probably be fitted as standard and could feature a unique RS-specific mode with lap times and other performance data. Beyond that, the familiar and easy-to-use Audi MMI infotainment system will handle all the entertainment and sat-nav functions.

To be a true RS model, the RS Q5 might have to prove itself out on the road. The secret to its immense speed will be the firm’s signature quattro all-wheel-drive system which can send the engine’s power to whichever axle needs it the most. It may also split the power between each rear wheel helping tuck the car into corners and enhance high-speed stability.

When compared with a normal Q5, the suspension will be lower to produce the RS Q5 more resistant to body roll — it will also be stiffer in general, trading just a small ride quality for sportier handling. Adaptive dampers should also make an appearance as standard, permitting you to soften up the ride quality when cruising and firm it up when driving quickly.

2018 Audi RS Q5 First Look Review

2018 Audi RS Q5 Under the Hood

There’ll only be one engine in the RS Q5 and all signs point towards it shares the new 2.9-liter turbo V6 petrol unit from the recently revealed RS5. This engine is noticeably more powerful than the unrelated 354hp 3.0-liter turbo V6 currently fitted to the SQ5, and will be shared with some Porsche models.

It’s expected to have the same 450hp output as the RS5 and a similarly healthy quantity of torque, suggesting it’ll achieve a 0-62mph sprint time of less than five seconds. It’ll be mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox that’ll give it both quick-shifting reactions when driving briskly or smooth, slushy changes when you’re just pottering about.

2018 Audi RS Q5 First Look Review

2018 Audi RS Q5 Price and Release date

The RS Q5 will cost between #65, 000 and #70, 000 when it goes on sale. We could get our very first official glimpse at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show in September with deliveries arriving in early 2018.