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by Matt Campbell

The Audi RS performance portfolio could soon extend to include the first Audi RS Q7.

A report from Top Gear this week suggested such a model was on its way to market, and should an RS version of the all-new Audi Q7 become a reality, it will take on the likes of high-riding, high-performance SUVs such as the BMW X5 M and Mercedes-Benz ML 63 AMG, not to mention the Range Rover Sport SVR.

Whether the big rig will be powered by a petrol engine – it could borrow the 4.0-litre twin-turbo unit used in the manic Audi RS6/RS7, which produces 412kW and 700Nm – or a diesel unit remains unknown.

If it were to be the latter, it wouldn’t be the first high-output oil-burner fitted to a Q7: the brand previously sold a range-topping version with a 6.0-litre V12 twin-turbo diesel that produced 368kW and 1000Nm.

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Audi Australia general manager of corporate communications, Anna Burgdorf, said the German brand’s local arm would be very keen to offer local buyers an RS Q7, if one were to make it to market.

“I don’t believe the RS Q7 has been officially announced,” she said. “But I think that would be amazing.

“If such a car were to exist, we’d certainly be looking at that for Australia,” Burgdorf said.

Burgdorf suggested that the strength of the Australian market for SUV models has lead to big results, including that the Australian arm is in the brand’s top 10 for all SUV models worldwide in terms of sales. And that means there’s bound to be demand for more performance variants too, according to Burgdorf.

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“Particularly when you consider the SQ5 is the biggest-selling variant in the Q5 range, and the Q5 is our second-biggest selling model line [more performance models would make sense],” she said.

The regular versions of all-new Audi Q7 range are set to arrive in the fourth quarter of 2015.




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