It was only a few days ago when ABT introduced an upgrade program for the Audi RS Q3 Sportback and now Prior Design is doing the same. There are some big differences between the two as while the first focused mainly on extra power, this one is essentially limited to a visual package for the time being. Nicknamed the “poor man’s Lamborghini Urus,” the potent little crossover has gained a widebody kit courtesy of beefy fenders at both front and rear axles.
Beyond the wider hips, Prior Design has added a rear spoiler while swapping out the stock wheels for a custom set measuring 22 inches. Additional changes include a carbon fiber front spoiler lip and a set of fins for the large air intakes. Rounding off the modifications are the boomerang-shaped carbon fiber add-ons for the front bumper lending the hot crossover a meaner appearance.
The end result is an RS Q3 Sportback significantly more aggressive than the standard model and can be further tweaked courtesy of an aftermarket exhaust system and a power boost. Prior Design doesn’t provide details about what it can do with the 2.5-liter TFSI engine, but the turbocharged inline-five produces 400 horsepower and 354 pound-feet (480 Newton-meters) of torque in stock form.
While Prior Design is showcasing its aftermarket goodies on the Sportback version, don’t be too surprised if these bits and pieces will also be available for the conventionally styled RS Q3.
Tuners are probably waiting for Audi Sport to introduce the missing pieces of the RS SUV puzzle, namely the RS Q5 and RS Q7. The former has bigger chances of coming out than the latter, but we’re beginning to wonder what is taking them so long to compete with the BMX X3 M and Mercedes-AMG GLC 63. Regardless, we’re happy the proliferation of SUVs hasn’t put the high-powered Avants on the back burner.