The Volkswagen Group will sell you cars with three- to sixteen-cylinder engines, varying from a pint-sized Skoda Citigo to the mighty Bugatti Chiron. With the exception of the hypercar from Molsheim, most of the other models share the same engines across different brands of the German conglomerate. However, it’s only Audi that uses five-cylinder engines, and the latest member to join the lineup is this – the RS Q3 Sportback.
Dressed to impress in Mythos Black with the optional black optics package, the potent crossover traveled from Ingolstadt to Poland’s capital Warsaw for a photo and video shoot. Behind the camera was QuattroDaily friend Auditography, perhaps currently the most successful photographer of all things with Four Rings.
Many have argued the RS Q3 Sportback sort of looks like a mini Lamborghini Urus, and we’re beginning to understand why. It does send out of a downsized raging bull vibe, and we’re particularly fond of this murdered-out appearance. The soundtrack delivered by the 2.5 TFSI is a little muted, but that’s only because this is a European-spec car with the gasoline particulate filter.
Speaking of its inline-five unit, the “poor man’s Urus” joins the regular RS Q3, TT RS, and the RS3 models in Audi Sport’s five-pot portfolio. Unfortunately, it remains a forbidden fruit in the United States where it’s conventionally styled sibling isn’t sold either for whatever reason.
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While the RS Q3 Sportback obviously can’t match the performance of the Urus or the RS Q8 for that matter, it’s still a seriously quick compact crossover with a swoopy roofline. Audi Sport quotes a 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in four and a half seconds and a top speed of 174 mph (280 km/h). It’s all possible thanks to a healthy 400 horses and 354 lb-ft (480 Nm) channeled to the Quattro system via a seven-speed S tronic.