What happens when you combine an Audi TT RS coupe with an Audi Q3 SUV? Boom, the 2020 Audi RS Q3 Sportback. With a turbocharged 2.5-liter five-cylinder motor that makes 394 hp and a top speed of 174 mph, the RS Q3 Sportback is the quickest, sportiest reduced Audi SUV yet. The terrible news? Audi currently has no plan to carry it to America.
The RS Q3 Sportback is one of six elite RS Audi models being propelled for the current year (the new RS6 Avant and RS7 Sportback have just been uncovered) and are about to go on sale besides its mechanical twin 2020 RS Q3 (unfortunately not coming to America either). What makes the Sportback the more intriguing of the two hot Q3s is its sportier styling.
Purists may angry, however, coupe-like four-door SUVs are a thing nowadays, and in the metal, the little RS Q3 Sportback—formed under the heading of Audi design chief Marc Lichte—surely looks suitable. In the lively Kyalami Green debut color particularly, Lichte's pointedly chiseled fender curves and assertive RS-style front and rear fascias give it a Hulkish strong swagger.
The RS Q3 Sportback shares just its hood, front fenders and fascias with the RS Q3. Another roof is 1.8 inches lower because of a lot more steeply raked A-pillars and a shallower windshield. New bodyside stampings are in charge of the swoopy D-pillars at the rear, and the new front and rear doors have frameless side windows. Likewise, with the RS Q3, the fenders have been drained 0.4 inches on each side over standard 20-inch wheels and low-profile tires.
In the engine is the turbocharged 2.5-liter five-cylinder motor that is seen strong service in a few superior little Audis in the past 9 years. In its most recent iteration, the charmingly throbby motor makes 394 horsepower between 5,850 rpm and 7,000 rpm, and 354 lb-ft of torque from 1,950 rpm, entirely through to 5,850 rpm. Power is transmitted to every four wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
Variable ratio steering and torque vectoring by brake helps the RS Q3 Sportback plunge into corners, and an electronically controlled multi-plate center distinct that sends more torque to the rear hub in the sportier drive modes helps punch it out. The standard RS sport suspension drops the ride stature by 0.4 inches. The alternative Dynamic Chassis Control system adds variable damping to the combination to improve ride quality over unpleasant roads and increment support through quick corners.
Audi says the RS Q3 Sportback will speed from 0 to 60 mph in under 4.5 seconds. The top speed is 155 mph, except if you request the alternative Dynamic Plus kit, which lifts V-max to 174 mph. Huge speed implies huge brakes: The RS Q3's standard designs contain 14.8-inch steel rotors up front and 12.2-inch items at the rear, yet 15.0-inch carbon-ceramic front rotors are available as an alternative. Additionally choice is 21-inch wheels.
In case you need a little elite Audi in the U.S., you can arrange the stupendous little RS 3 car, which has precisely the equivalent powertrain as the RS Q3 Sportback and sub-4.0 second 0-60 mph performance. However, given America's facing love affair with SUVs, you can't resist the urge to ponder whether Audi of America may miss a stunt by not including the smart, quick RS Q3 Sportback to its lineup.