While we’ve been vocal about our dislike for the first-gen Audi Q3, there was a variant that was quite fun — the original RS Q3. That car packed a 2.5 liter turbocharged five-cylinder engine with 306 hp and then was bumped to 362 hp. It was a little rocket of a crossover. Unfortunately, it never made its way to America. Now, though, there will be a second-generation of the Audi RS Q3, based on the new standard Q3, and it will be making its way to the U.S.
According to sources close to Car and Driver, the Audi RS Q3 will be coming to the U.S., which is exciting news. We don’t tend to get a lot of Audi Sport cars here in America, so we’re very happy to learn that we’re getting this one.
When the new Audi RS Q3 makes its way across the Atlantic, it will bring with it a 2.5 liter turbocharged five-cylinder engine that makes 400 hp ad 354 lb-ft of torque. That means it’s the same engine, and state of tune, that you’ll find in an Audi RS3 or TT RS. This is good news, though, as it’s a brilliant engine and the best transverse-layout engine in Audi’s stable. In fact, it may be the best transversely laid-out engine on the planet right now.
C&D states that this new RS Q3 has been planned from the beginning of this new Q3’s production process. So it should be a cohesive and well thought-out car. This is in comparison to the first RS Q3, which was a bit of an afterthought and created long after the original Q3 debuted.
When the Audi RS Q3 finally hits the market, it will be the most powerful car in its class, with the Mercedes-AMG GLA45 making 375 hp. Though, the little RS Q3 better pack in the fun, as it’s said the GLA45 is actually very fun.
We can’t wait for the RS Q3 and it has the ability to be one of the most exciting crossovers on the market.