Audi UK MD Martin Sander has backtracked on his negative stance on RS versions of Q models, telling Autoblog at the Paris Motor Show that they're now "a possibility".
When we spoke to Sander at the Geneva Motor Show in March, Sander told us Audi was "unlikely" to build high-performance versions of its SUVs. However, since then the maker has announced the SQ5. So is this a precursor to RS variants too?
"I would not want to see an RS that is not an extreme sporty model, so combining RS with Q would be challenging," Sander told Autoblog. "I don't want to say it is impossible though and if there's one company that can really make it happen it is Audi. It needs to have the right characteristics."
Sander said an RSQ model would work better on the 3 or 5, rather than the larger Q7, but added that the performance from the brand's new bi-turbo diesel engines could make for an exciting proposition.
The UK chief added that he can see room for more general expansion of the brand's Q range – most likely below the Q3 – and said he'd like to see the RS models expanded in the manufacturer's range too. He also wants to see plug-in hybrid options added to the powertrain line-up across the board.
"We have some fascinating possibilities to bring new combinations to the market and create new products that are not in the market already," added Sander. But the UK chief admitted that it does create a complicated proposition for its dealer network – but one with "fantastic opportunities".