This next-gen Audi Q3 has us quite excited, as it seems like a huge step up from the current car. Even more exciting than that, though, is the prospect of the Audi RS Q3, the uber-hot Audi Sport model. While there’s an RS Q3 variant of the current car, it was never sold in the U.S. and it’s very popular. This new car will be sold in the U.S., from what we’ve heard, and it will be considerably better. To give us a taste of this new Audi RS Q3, there are some new spy photos of it wearing heavy camouflage. (We don’t own the spy photos but check them out here)
Seen here testing on the Nurburgring, the Audi RS Q3 looks the part of a proper Audi Sport model. Massive front air intakes, a low ride height and huge dual oval exhaust pipes are all dead giveaways of a real-deal Audi RS car. It looks good, too. Those massive wheels look really cool on the tiny Q3 body and, oddly enough, they’re the same ones as the regular Q3. The exhausts out back are almost comically large for the size of the car. Those exaggerated looks on the Q3 should work well with its punchy demeanor.
Speaking of punchy demeanor, the Audi RS Q3 will be packing one of the punchiest engines on the market — Audi’s 2.5 liter turbocharged five-cylinder engine that makes 400 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque. It’s the same rip-snorting five-pot you’ll find in the Audi RS3 and TT RS, so it should be plenty quick and make a fantastic noise. To be honest, I’d love to see the looks on typical suburbanites’ faces when they see what seems to be an ordinary family crossover making the sort of devilish noise that comes from Audi’s turbo five-pot.
We can’t wait for the Audi RS Q3 and, more importantly we can’t wait for it to come to American shores.