Audi Needs To Build This Amazing Performance SUV


Think of it as the RS6's more practical cousin.

Audi recently broke the internet when it revealed the 2020 RS6 Avant, which will be sold in the United States for the first time ever. It is powered by a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 with mild-hybrid assist spitting out 591 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque. Thanks to all-wheel-drive, the RS6 can rip off 62 mph in just 3.6 seconds, though that figure is likely a conservative estimate from Audi and the real-world performance should be even quicker.

So if you are in the market for a fast family car, the RS6 seems like the perfect alternative to the multitude of performance SUVs out there. But what if you truly needed three rows of seats in your 600-hp family rocket? Audi doesn't sell a fast version of the Q7 SUV here in the US but rendering artist Aksyonov Nikita has taken a crack at imagining what an RS version could look like.

Audi has never built an RS Q7, though it does sell an SQ7 in other markets. The SQ7 uses a 4.0-liter tri-turbo diesel V8 producing 435 hp and 663 lb-ft of torque but we would assume an RS Q7 would use the same gasoline V8 found in the new RS6. Audi has already been seen testing a prototype version of the RS Q8, so there's no reason why the recently-facelifted Q7 couldn't receive the same RS treatment.

Nikita has taken the wheels from the RS Q8 test mule (albeit without the red accents) and fitted them to the more practical Q7 along with a more aggressive front and rear fascia, larger air intakes, and plenty of RS badges. The result is a seriously mean looking three-row crossover.


Unlike the upcoming RS Q8 and the Lamborghini Urus, an RS Q7 would offer seating for up to seven passengers. Limiting the 4.0-liter V8 to under 600 hp helps keep it off the tail of the Urus, which produces 640 hp from its Audi-sourced engine. But since the two SUVs essentially share a platform, the RS Q8 could be the better value.


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