The new Q3 is expected to have soon-to-be a RS version, which would develop at least 400 bhp.
While the second generation of T3 has been shown recently, the radical RS version is in full phase of testing on the Nürburgring. It would always be the famous five-cylinder turbo that develops no less than 400 hp…
At the end of 2013, Audi was the first to draw on the niche market of compact SUV surmotorisés, giving his Q3’s five-cylinder turbo of the RS3 and TT RS. Mercedes had not taken a long time to replicate with its GLA 45 AMG, which currently remains the most potent and powerful in the segment, thanks to its block 2.0 turbo 381 ch.
This new RS Q3 has been surprised in the full test on the Nürburgring and it seems to show great effectiveness.
The history is made to repeat, Audi is currently preparing a new version of radical, outcome of the second generation of its Q3, presented in the month of July last. A mule has in effect been surprised in the open testing on the North loop of the Nürburgring.
Beyond the two big exhaust outlets and the front fascia which seems to be more solid, it is mostly the noise of the engine as well as the efficiency in the output curve which left guessing what gear you are dealing with.
A compact SUV 400 hp
It would seem therefore that, despite the pollution standards more stringent, the new RS Q3 continues to use the five-cylinder turbo. Logically, the latter should develop 400 hp, as on the RS3 redesigned last year, or even a little more, to hold off the GLA 45 AMG as well as the all-new BMW X2 M35i.
Its level of efficiency should of course be heavily improved compared to the former version, which, thanks to its modern platform (MQB as on the compact A3 and Volkswagen Golf). It will, however, still be patient before seeing land the new RS Q3 as it should not make its entrance until the summer of 2019. Not to mention that a version of SQ3 less turbulent, could precede it.