Starting under the hood, the crossovers are powered by a turbocharged 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine that produces 395 hp (294 kW / 400 PS) and 354 lb-ft (480 Nm) of torque. It is backed up by a seven-speed S tronic transmission and a quattro all-wheel drive system.
This setup enables the models to accelerate from 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in 4.5 seconds, before hitting a limited top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h). Drivers looking to go even faster will be able to order an option that increases the limit to 174 mph (280 km/h).
Of course, the performance features don’t stop there as the crossovers have been equipped with a sport-tuned suspension that reduces the ride height by 0.4 inches (10 mm). Elsewhere, engineers installed a revised steering system and a high-performance braking system. The latter features six-piston calipers which grab onto ventilated and perforated steel discs that measure 14.8 inches (375 mm) front and 12.2 inches (310 mm) rear.
Buyers looking to up the ante can order an optional ceramic braking system which features newly developed monoblock aluminum calipers and ceramic brake discs. They’re a touch larger up front at 15 inches (380 mm), but the rear remain 12.2 inch (310 mm) steel discs.
Speaking of options, customers can order an RS sport suspension plus with Dynamic Chassis Control. It features active dampers that respond to current conditions within a matter of milliseconds.
On the styling front, the crossovers have a prominent Singleframe that features gloss black honeycomb inserts. The models also sport an aggressive front bumper with large air intakes, angular accents and “boomerang-shaped blades.”
Moving further back, there’s extended fender flares and 20- or 21-inch alloy wheels. Buyers will also find a unique rear spoiler and a massive dual exhaust system with oval-shaped tips. Lastly, the crossovers have an RS-specific bumper with an integrated diffuser that features horizontal blades in either gloss black or matte aluminum.
The special styling continues in the cabin as drivers will sit behind a flat-bottomed steering wheel with new paddle shifters. Other highlights include illuminated door sill plates, high-gloss black accents and leather/Alcantara seats with RS embossing.
An assortment of options will be available including Nappa leather seats with contrast stitching and a honeycomb insert. Customers can also choose between aluminum race, anthracite, black, carbon or piano finish trim.
In Europe, the RS Q3 and RS Q3 Sportback will go up for order in October and arrive at dealerships late this year. German pricing starts at €63,500 for the RS Q3, while the Sportback begins at €65,000.