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The Q8 Sport concept benefited from a traditional turbocharger and an electrically driven compressor to provide boost across the entire rpm range.

Audi Sport is reportedly moving forward with plans to launch an RS Q8, expected to be the company's first large SUV worthy of the high-performance badge.

The company already previewed such an offering early this year with the Q8 Sport (pictured), presented as a seemingly near-production concept.

Speaking to Auto Express, Audi Sport head Stephan Winkelmann reportedly suggested the Q8 will likely be the division's next high-performance project as it broadens the RS range. High-riding models appear to be an obvious priority as market demand shifts away from cars.

"Today we have a product line-up which we are working on which will be expanded in more prestige segments and bodystyles which are sellable around the world, SUVs," he said. "The Q7 is now in a phase of its lifecycle which, in my opinion, to be profitable is too late to step in."

If the RS Q8 closely follows the Sport concept, it will be powered by a six-cylinder engine that combines a traditional exhaust-driven turbocharger with a 48-volt electric compressor to handle boost at low rpm. With 476 PS (470 horsepower) and 516 pound-feet of torque, the concept has an estimated zero-to-62 mph time of 4.7 seconds and a top speed of 170 mph.

The RS Q8 will presumably follow the standard build, due to begin production late this year or early in 2018.

Live images by Ronan Glon.