As you probably know, the forthcoming mid-size crossover is coming without bigger changes for the next year, which is kinda disappointing, considering that although a flagship model, it actually looks a little bit outdated compared to the rest of the brand’s crossover lineup. Still, several reports suggest that the German manufacturer might offer something new for the next year after all. These reports are pointing on the fact the current model doesn’t feature a performance version, at least when we are talking about the North American market. So, don’t be surprised if you see a new 2019 Audi Q7 RS or something like that in the offer. Of course, all this still waits for the official confirmation, so be careful when taking the upcoming details about the possible performance version.
2019 Audi Q7 RS Design
Without any doubt, the possible performance version of this mid-size crossover will feature pretty much the same base characteristics as standard models. The current generation is present for about three years. It rides on a familiar MLB platform and shares lots of parts with models like VW Touareg and Porsche Cayenne. For this occasion, we should see some chassis modifications.
First of all, the new 2019 Audi Q7 RS would feature a lot of suspension upgrades. Sporty springs, dampers, and similar things are something you should expect to see, something that would provide better handling and overall driving dynamics. Also, we could see a bit of a rework that would result in saving some weight.
2019 Audi Q7 RS Styling
This is the are that should suffer a lot. The new model would come with a bunch of visual upgrades. The 2019 Audi Q7 RS grille is one of them. Expect to see a completely new pattern, something that would resemble other RS-badged models from the brand’s lineup. Of course, this won’t be the only part to come with changes. Some of the modifications that seem almost certain are things like new bumpers, with larger aid intakes, bigger fenders and wheels, new wheels designs and a bit of aluminum and carbon fiber approach.
Still, keep in mind that the current model is on the market since 2015. Meanwhile, a couple of new crossovers came and they feature a little bit updated design language. Logically, Audi’s engineers would facelift standard models first. So, it won’t be a surprise to see the new hi-performance version a year or two later after engineers are don’t with the facelift.
2019 Audi Q7 RS Interior
Already a standard version of this large SUV features pretty attractive interior design. The cabin is spacious and it comes with lots of quality materials and plenty of standard equipment. Without any doubt, the 2019 Audi Q7 RS would undergo a fine amount of modifications. You may presume that most of this upgrades would come in order to make the new version sportier and better-looking. So, it won’t be a surprise to see things like carbon fiber and aluminum trim, sporty steering wheel and pedals, sports seats and much. A list of standard equipment would be pretty interesting to see as well. This version should be on par with the highest trim levels of standard models, which would in practice mean a lot of advanced systems, especially in terms of safety and driver-assist features.
How Fast the 2019 Audi Q7 RS would be?
We can make a few predictions about the 2019 Audi Q7 RS performances, but everything you read in this article remains in a domain of theory. Unlike the previous generation, which was available in all kinds of engines, including 12-cylinder units, the current model is pretty economic in this aspect.
There is a couple of gasoline engines in the offer. The base one is a 2.0-liter unit with 252 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque. An optional V6 brings a little bit more power. However, it is still away from something that could be considered as a performance crossover. It is a familiar 3.0-liter V6 with 333 horses and 325 pound-feet of torque.
In Europe, you can find a performance version, but with a diesel engine. Oil burners have been banned from the U.S.market a couple of years ago. So, the new 2019 Audi Q7 RS specs would definitely involve some gasoline unit. Most likely, it would be the same engine that powers Porsche Cayenne Turbo.
The performance crossover comes with a monstrous 4.0-liter twin-turbo engine that delivers around 550 horsepower and 568 pound-feet of torque. Such amount would be enough to provide 2019 Audi Q7 RS 0-60 time in less than 4.0 seconds. Moreover, we could see even better numbers if the company decides to install a more powerful version of the same V8 engine, which goes all away up to 650 hp, and which could be found in the new Lamborghini Urus.
2019 Audi Q7 RS Release Date
All the details you’ve read above are just speculation. In practice, we are still waiting for the official confirmation. At the moment, there are no words from the Audi officials. So, it won’t be surprised to see a new version a couple of years later, after the standard version is facelifted. Details about the 2019 Audi Q7 RS price are not available at the moment. We can only say for sure that the new version won’t be cheap at all. Some reports suggest a sum of 130.000 dollars