Audi RS Q E-Tron super SUV gets ready to rock at 2022 Dakar Rally

It was less than a year ago that Audi announced its intention to enter the 2022 Dakar Rally with a bespoke SUV powered by electric motors, and on Friday we got our first look at the brand with the four rings’ contender.

Called the RS Q E-Tron, the wild off-roader has been designed as a rally raid-style vehicle, much like Prodrive’s BRX Hunter which competed for the first time earlier this year in the 2021 Dakar Rally.

The Audi is a much more sophisticated beast as it is powered by an extended-range electric powertrain that relies on a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 mated to a generator to keep the battery on the boil. The battery is a 50-kilowatt-hour unit that alone weighs 815 pounds.