2020 Audi RS Q3 Sportback Aims To Be The Sexier RS Q3

For the first time ever, Audi will soon have two RS Q3 models in its lineup.

It’s no secret Audi is working on a second-generation RS Q3 and recently we learned that the new Q3 Sportback is getting the RS treatment as well. Last month we saw a fully-wrapped RS Q3 Sportback for the first time during testing and now we get our best look at its design as a less disguised prototype has been spotted.

Mind you, there are no big surprises regarding the styling: it’s exactly what you’d expect from a beefier Q3 Sportback.

The compact SUV coupe is spiced up with typical Audi Sport elements such as the wheel arch extensions, more aggressive bumpers with bigger air intakes at the front and a diffuser flanked by oval tailpipes at the rear, as well as a unique grille mesh pattern.

Other distinctive elements include a more extended roof spoiler compared to the regular Q3 Sportback, bigger side skirts, and massive brakes with red calipers. This particular prototype also features a gloss black treatment for the mirror caps and window surrounds.

Also read: Audi Teases Six New RS Models, A Handful Should Debut In Frankfurt

While we don’t get a peek inside, expect the RS Q3 Sportback to bring goodies like leather bucket seats with contrast stitching, Alcantara and carbon fiber trim, and other sporty bits.

Much like the design, the powertrain of the Audi RS Q3 Sportback is not a mystery either as it will share a 2.5-liter five-cylinder turbocharged gasoline engine with the upcoming RS Q3. By all accounts, the unit should deliver 420 PS (414 hp), dispatched to all four wheels via a dual-clutch transmission and specifically-tuned Quattro all-wheel-drive system.

The Audi RS Q3 Sportback should debut in Europe before the end of the year, with a possible world debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show next week.

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Photo credits: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien for Carscoops

  • Luc Helterbrand

    are Audi and Mazda using the same designer. This Q3 looks like the CX-30.

    • Daniela Wolf

      Audi and Hyundai.

  • man

    They don’t need the sport back version for Q3, just an RS Q3 is fine.

  • Stephen G

    It needs a trunk.

  • SteersUright

    I like it. I hope it’s exciting enough to drive to deserve an RS badge. Also, as an RS car, I would’ve liked to have seen a bit more aggressively wider fenders. It looks so flat an ordinary from the side, like any other Audi. Not obvious its one of their top performing iterations.

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