Audi RS Q3 spotted testing on the Nordschleife

An Audi RS Q3 facelift was caught on camera stretching out on the Nordschleife in Germany. This comes to us as a surprise taking into account the model was unveiled back in November last year and most definitely Audi isn’t working on another facelift for its small high-performance crossover. The revised version came with an additional 30 PS and 30 Nm which lifted the total output of the 2.5-liter TFSI 5-cylinder engine to 340 PS (250 kW) and 450 Nm (332 lb-ft).

The RS Q3 has a quattro all-wheel drive system which receives the engine’s power from a 7-speed S tronic transmission. This hardware setup enables a 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) sprint in just 4.8 seconds en route to a maximum speed of 155 mph (250 km/h) which has been electronically limited.

One possible reason why Audi is testing the RS Q3 facelift is because maybe they are making some modifications to the engine as it’s bound to show up inside the upcoming TT RS. Another possibility is that the engineers are working on making the engine more efficient to meet the upcoming more stringent Euro 6 emissions regulations. We are also not excluding the possibility of e-turbo technology which could be tested on this RS Q3 facelift.

Adrian Padeanu

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