Small crossovers aren’t really our jam, here. We’d rather drive small sports cars or big, powerful luxury cars. We want cars to be thrilling, rather than just practical. However, sometimes car companies combine thrilling performance with practicality in absurd and hilarious ways. Sort of like the upcoming Audi RS Q3. That, we like.
In this new spy video, the Audi RS Q3 was just caught doing some hot laps around the famed Nurburgring. It’s not the first time we’ve see it putting its RS3 powertrain to the test and it won’t be the last but we’re excited to see it each and every time. That’s because the RS Q3 lives in that absurd world where sensible pragmatism meets unnecessary levels of power and performance.
Rather that use a typically efficient four-cylinder turbocharged engine, the Audi RS Q3 stuffs a 2.5 liter turbocharged five-cylinder engine under its hood. That’s not much bigger than the 2.0 liter turbo-four that will be found in the standard Q3 in the ‘States but it’s a lot more powerful. Rather than putting out a measly 228 hp, the RS Q3 will push 400 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque from its turbo five-pot. Not only that, but a rip-snorting soundtrack will accompany it.
In this video, we get to see it take some hot laps and we get to hear that fantastic engine sing. It looks seriously quick, the RS Q3. It might be a taller crossover but it can flat-out fly. And the noise that comes from those massive dual exhausts sounds fantastic. It’s a hilarious dichotomy, seeing a sensible crossover lap the ‘Ring with a genuine sports car soundtrack.
We obviously can’t comment on how it will drive, as no one outside of Audi has sampled it yet. We also haven’t driven the new Q3 just yet. So we can’t even really imagine what it’s like. However, Audi Sport has been on a roll lately, putting out some really great driving cars. We’re hoping this one is no different.