Audi brand new RS Q3, which is available as a standard SUV and a swoopy Sportback, packs a lot of bark and bite.

With this RS Q3, Audi remains its niche filling. The new performance crossover, based on the updated mini-Q, wears an aggressive remix of the body of the normal car, combining it with enhanced efficiency. And since this is 2019, Ingolstadt is also providing a Sportback version of the latest Audi RS Q3 (green here). Audi claims deliveries will start in the first quarter of 2020, and it's not too long for waiting.

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Styling

The RS Q3 may not look as striking as a full-blown RS4 or RS6, but there's plenty of to give away to the play because it's not a typical Q3.

Beginning with the grill. It eliminates the vertical chrome rungs in the normal Q3 and replaces them with threatening black plastic inserts in the honeycomb, although the most noticeable gift is the off-center RS Q3 badge. You get normal LED headlights on either side of the grille – Matrix LEDs are price choices – while you get a enormous front splitter above and below a quattro-style vent.

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Even from the back, there is no mistake, not least because RS Q3 receives a couple of enormous oval exhaust tubes. In addition, you get a back bumper and roof spoiler specific to RS. Both models are accessible with eight paint finishes–including RS-specific Kyalami Green and Nardo Grey–and an external aluminum pack can also be speculated. It swaps the normal glossy black plastic exterior trims on multiple areas of the car's exterior, including around the windows and in the bumpers, for an aluminum finish.

Interior

The RS Q3 has sufficient subtle modifications inside to make it feel more unique than a ordinary Q3. Sports seats in leather and Alcantara come as standard or you can upgrade to Nappa leather softer. You also get a steering wheel for leather sports and door sills that are illuminated.

Want to feel sportier? Then consider the package of RS design. This contributes to the seats, steering wheel, gear shifter and seat belts contrast stitching in either red or blue. Choosing this pack will also finish your gear shifter and steering wheel in Alcantara and you can have the inner doors covered in red or blue Alcantara if you really want to.

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Finally, you can choose from interior trim parts made of aluminum, shiny-black plastic or carbon-fibre. Also, the infotainment system was upgraded with RS-specific graphics, power and torque readings and has the ability to time 0-60 mph runs and lap times.

Engine And Performance

RS Q3 engine is undoubtedly the most exciting part.

It's a 2.5-liter five-cylinder pumping 400hp–17 percent more power than before –and 480 Nm of torque, which is enough to get the car from 0-62 mph in 4.5 seconds helped by a conventional seven-speed twin-clutch gearbox and four-wheel drive.

Top speed sits at 174 mph (if you pay Audi to remove the 155 mph limit). That said, it is probable that the fuel economy will enhance 30mpg.

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What the figures can not quantify is the Audi five-cylinder engine magnificent warble, which can be made even louder by specifying the optional sport exhaust, most readily identified by its black exhaust tip trims.

Next month in Europe, the RS Q3 and its swoopy sibling will be available on order and go on sale by the end of the year. The standard variant of the speedy SUV kicks off at € 63,500 in Germany, while the "coupe" costs € 1,500 more.