We’ve known for some time that Audi has been working on a proper ‘RS’ version of its new Q3 SUV. Since learning of its existence, we’ve known that it would be powered by the same 2.5 liter turbocharged five-cylinder engine as the Audi RS3 and TT RS. However, now we’re hearing that the Audi RS Q3 will actually be the most powerful car sporting the brand’s turbo-five.
According to AutoBild, the upcoming Audi RS Q3 will indeed use the same all-aluminum 2.5 liter five-pot but make 420 PS (414 hp). While that’s more powerful than the RS3 and TT RS, it’s not by much. Those two aforementioned cars make 400 hp on the nose, so the extra 14 hp of the RS Q3 isn’t too significant. Still, it’s more powerful, even if it’s just by a bit.
That extra little bit of power is not likely to make much of a difference in terms of performance but it gives the Audi RS Q3 a bit of bragging rights over its smaller siblings. Despite the power bump being modest, though, it’s likely to be a very fast little crossover. With that sort of power, paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox and all-wheel drive, it should be a little rocket of a car. Expect 0-60 mph in around 4.2-4.5 seconds.
It should also be more aggressive looking, with extra front air intakes, a rear diffuser, massive dual exhaust pipes and some gloss black trim. It’s the standard Audi Sport treatment for all ‘RS’ cars and it should help and already good looking car look even better. On the inside, expect a similar interior to the standard car, just with a flat-bottomed steering wheel, big sport buckets and a lot of contrast stitching.
We can’t wait for the Audi RS Q3, actually. It’s not typically the sort of car that enthusiasts go nuts for but the idea of a 414 hp 2.5 liter turbocharged I5 in a small family crossover is one that a lot of enthusiasts with families can get behind. This one included.