If you want to go fast but need to be practical at the same time, then Audi might just have what you need. The German marque has just revealed their newest crossover in the form of the RS Q3, and is joined by the sleeker RS Q3 Sportback.
Based on the standard Q3 and Q3 Sportback, both RS models get a more aggressive makeover on the outside and a more powerful engine under the hood. Starting with the latter, power for the pair comes from an updated version of Audi's 2.5-liter turbocharged five-cylinder engine. The new powerplant produces 400 horsepower and 480 Nm of torque and is mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox with Quattro all-wheel drive. This allows the crossover to go from 0 to 100km/h in just 4.5 seconds. Standard top speed is limited at 250 km/h but can be raised to 280 km/h as an option.
Despite the more powerful engine, the new RS Q3 is no heavyweight. Audi says the new motor alone is 26kg lighter than its predecessor. This then allows it to handle better at the corners. Dynamic Chassis Control is also available as an option to make the crossover more agile. Larger 6-pot brakes and steel rotors come standard but are upgradeable to ceramic discs.
When it comes to design, the RS Q3 has the looks to match the power. Up front, there is a large, frameless grill with two smaller air vents on the lower part of the bumper. The black-colored grill and surround give it a look somewhat similar to the larger Q8. At the rear, both the RS Q3 and RS Q3 Sportback get a gloss black roof spoiler. A pair of large oval exhausts then protrude through the bumper which features a rear diffuser. 20-inch wheels come standard but is upgradeable to large 21-inch rims.
The transformation continues inside featuring a redesigned digital instrument cluster and sport seats for the front passengers. Numerous interior colors schemes and contrast stitching help the interior pop out. Virtual Cockpit Plus is available as an option. As it is a crossover, both the standard and Sportback version are still very practical with both having 530 liters of boot space.
Delivery of both the standard RS Q3 and RS Q3 Sportback is set to begin next year.