Is The 2020 Audi RS Q3 Really Coming With A 420 PS 2.5L Turbo?

For quite some time, it was believed that the upcoming Audi RS Q3 would be powered by the exact same 2.5-liter five-cylinder used in the RS3 Sportback and RS3 Sedan.

However, AutoBild now contradicts those reports, claiming that the sports subcompact crossover will get no less than 420 PS (414 hp / 309 kW). That’s 20 PS (20 hp / 15 kW) more than the most powerful current iteration of this engine.

The German magazine’s report doesn’t quote any official source, so we’ll have to take it with a grain of salt for now. Nevertheless, it might just be that the new RS Q3 will indeed get more power than expected, given that the next Mercedes-AMG GLA 45’s 2.0-liter four-pot will probably produce in excess of 400 PS (394 hp / 294 kW).

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In addition to the impressive output, dual-clutch automatic gearbox, Quattro all-wheel drive and the necessary chassis updates, the 2020 RS Q3 will also get an exterior makeover. Compared to the non-RS versions, it will arrive with larger air intakes in the front bumper, wider fenders, roof spoiler and diffuser that’s incorporating the quad exhaust pipes.

Inside, users will find sporty seats as standard, whereas bucket seats will be optional. Contrast stitching, carbon and metal trim, and the usual RS badges should round up the list of upgrades in the cabin.

Audi is thought to launch the new RS Q3 in early 2019, and it’s possible that this will happen at the Geneva Motor Show in March.

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  • javier

    of course its coming with the 2.5 and of course the US wont get it. The merc, unless it gets the S treatment , sadly only makes another 6 hp in the new motor, and of course the US won’t get the hatch with the S variant-hyper mini suvs woohoo !

    • Daniela Wolf

      Because most American buyers do not like engines with a lower displacement than 3000 cm3 .

    • botornot387

      The US will be getting all variants of the Q3 this time around, with sales of SUVS rising, its a no brainer.

  • sidewaysspin

    It could come with a 5000ps engine it still looks terribly boring.

    • Miknik

      And probably drive boring as well, apart from straight line performance

  • Miknik

    Whilst my excitement for this German horsepower war is limited, I don’t know why using the RS3 ‘s engine would be unexpected, as would be a power bump given what we can expect form the next Mercedes GLA45? I’d say a boosted version of the 2.5 is exactly what is to be expected.

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