It’s hard for me to emphasize enough just how happy we are with the new Audi Q3. It’s such a drastic improvement over the last car which we just did not like at all. In fact, if you gave me the choice between a first-gen Q3 and a base-model Honda Civic, I’d be picking out the color of my “Vtec kicked in!” shirt before taking the keys. But the new Audi Q3 is better in every single way and could actually end up being the best car in its class. So you can imagine that we’re even more excited about the prospect of the upcoming Audi RS Q3, which was just caught testing in camouflage again. (We don’t own the spy shots but they can be seen here)
To be honest, there isn’t much to see here that we wouldn’t already expect. The Audi RS Q3 test mule we see in these photos is wearing some camo on its face, its wheel wells and its rump. These are the areas likely to get some small changes in design. We can’t see much through the camo but we can make see that it’s certainly an RS Q3 and not just a standard car.
The dual oval exhausts out back are dead giveaways of its Audi Sport brand nature. Being that it’s an Audi Sport product, it’s going to get the full-beans performance treatment. That means a 2.5 liter turbocharged five-cylinder engine, making 400 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque, the same engine found in the Audi RS3. It also means magna-ride suspension, a dual-clutch gearbox and Quattro all-wheel drive as-standard.
Another dead giveaway is the design of its Singleframe grille insert. Rather than the traditional horizontal slats featured in other Audis, this Audi RS Q3 gets a bunch of hexagons, like other Audi Sport products.
This will be one of the most interesting and exciting Audi products on the road when it finally debuts. It will be a pint-sized rocket of a crossover, allowing customers to have something small, fast and fun without compromising too much on practicality or trunk space. Which, if you have a new family like myself, sounds about perfect.