As of right now, the newly revealed Audi RS Q3 is not coming to the US market. That’s not entirely surprising, considering the fact that the RS Q3 is a pretty low-volume, high-performance SUV. However, it’s actually a car that Audi might be wise to sell here and it actually still could be a possibility.
According to this report from Motor Trend, the execs in Ingolstadt are still mulling over the idea of selling the Audi RS Q3 in the US. So there’s still a possibility. If we’re honest, it’s actually a car we can see being popular in the ‘States. Americans love crossovers, almost as much as we love apple pie and baseball sandwiches, especially ones that are sporty and exciting looking.
Sporty SUVs like the Audi SQ5, BMW X3 M40i and Mercedes-AMG GLE43 sell really well here in the ‘States. Now, those obviously aren’t as powerful as the Audi RS Q3 but they’ll likely be around the same price. Sure, those three are bigger but not by so much that practicality would be a big step down to the RS Q3. So if American customers are willing to pay for cars like those, we could easily see them buying the RS Q3.
If it does end up making it here, it will come alone, without its Audi RS Q3 Sportback sibling. So if you want it, you’re going to have to settle for the more traditional body style.
When it eventually debuts, it will pack a 2.5 liter turbocharged five-cylinder engine with 400 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque. It’s the exact same powertrain as the Audi RS3 and TT RS, so it should be seriously quick. In fact, it will be the fastest crossover in its class when it hits the road. Admittedly, there aren’t really any other crossovers as powerful as it, either.