The Audi RS line of cars are a range of high performance models built completely in-house by the automaker’s quattro division. Designed to compete with BMW’s M Division and Mercedes-Benz AMG, Audi RS models have a reputation for being consistently more extreme than their Teutonic rivals but sadly, in the U.S., their range has been virtually non-existent.
While that’s all set to change with the arrival of the TT RS later this year and the RS5 sometime in 2012, there could always be another model or two, especially when you consider how many different models AMG and BMW M sells.
According to latest reports, there could be a very different Audi RS launched in the near future, one that’s decisively suited to the U.S. market. Car and Driver is reporting that Audi has registered a trademark for the RSQ5 badge, which it’s safe to assume would be for a high-performance version of the Q5 SUV. There’s also reportedly a registration of SQ5 as well, suggesting a mid-level sporty Q5 may also be launched.
While this is contradictory to reports from just a few years back, launching an RS version of the Q5 makes sense, especially if Audi hopes to build the brand’s presence in the U.S. where SUVs with a little pep sell in reasonably strong numbers.
Interestingly, Audi has already teased the possibility of a sportier version of its Q5 when it unveiled the 2009 Worthersee Tour Custom Q5.