Just a little while ago, we learned that the upcoming Audi RS Q3 would pack a more potent version of the Audi RS3’s turbo five-cylinder engine. That would give it around 420 hp, compared to the RS3’s 400 hp, and would make it the angriest SUV in Audi’s stable. Thankfully, it seems to have some angry looks to match the aggressive power, as seen in some new spy photos. (We don’t own the spy photos but they can be seen here)
Seen in these new photos, the Audi RS Q3 looks pretty aggressive by Audi’s standards. While it’s no rip-snorting AMG, it’s about as angry as you’re going to see a modern Audi. At the front, its new face has an extra lower front lip, larger front air intakes and an Audi Sport-style grille insert. It’s not drastic stuff but it’s enough to make it look sportier than the standard car.
What really gives it some presence are those wheels. The massive sporty wheels this test mule is sporting really accentuate the large fenders and flared wheel arches, thus giving it a more muscular look. It’s a small addition but it’s one that makes a rather large difference. It’s also likely going to get different side skirts but they’re covered in camouflage so we can’t see them.
Out back, a new rear wing adorns the roof of the car, adding some visual sportiness, while dual exhausts give it the signature Audi Sport style. Rather than the fake plastic jobs on the standard Q3, the Audi RS Q3 gets proper dual pipes. Massive ovals, like they should be. There should also be a bit of a rear diffuser but, again, it’s covered in camouflage so we can’t tell.
All it all, the Audi RS Q3 is shaping up to be a very cool car. The standard one is a pretty good handling car and one that’s relatively fun to drive. Throw in stiffer suspension, much more power and more grip and the RS Q3 should be a blast.
There’s also not much competition. The Range Rover Evoque lacks a proper performance variant, as does the BMW X2 and Volvo XC40. There is a Mercedes-AMG GLA45 that will give this new Audi RS Q3 a run for its money but, considering the AMG is quite old now, we’re putting our money on the German from Ingolstadt.