We’ve yet to drive the new Audi Q3 but we’ve been incredibly impressed with what we’ve seen and read so far. It seems to be a massive leap forward from the previous-generation car, which was frankly very disappointing. So we’re very excited about getting the new Q3 here on home turf in America to give it a proper test. However, we’re even more excited about the prospect of the upcoming Audi RS Q3, which was just caught testing again and sparked our excitement all over again. (We don’t own the spy photos but they can be see here)
In these new photos, we can clearly see an Audi RS Q3 test mule rambling about and it looks really good, actually. The standard Q3 is a surprisingly good looking car, for a small crossover. This new Audi RS Q3 looks quite awesome, though. Shockingly so.
Its new wheels look great, especially in black to contrast the bright blue paint, and its lower ride height makes them fill out their wheel arches nicely. This makes it look more athletic than just your average soccer-mom crossover.
Up front, it’s not too different from the standard Q3 but that’s pretty typical of Audi Sport. There’s a new honeycomb pattern in the grille and some more aggressive lower front air intakes but that’s all standard Audi Sport-fare.
Out back, it gets a new roof spoiler, which looks really good, and the usual Audi Sport exhaust pipes, which are two massive ovals. It’s from the rear where the Audi RS Q3 will separate itself, visually, from its siblings.
Where it will really separate itself is under the hood. Rather than just a little turbo four-pot, it will get Audi’s brilliant 2.5 liter turbocharged five-cylinder, making 400 hp, and that will be a little firecracker of an engine in the Audi RS Q3. It should be good for 0-60 mph in just over 4 seconds and it will make a fantastic noise. We can’t wait.