Taking a leaf out of the latest spec of Audi's outgoing RS3 range, a pair of heroic new RS Q3 models have debuted.
The new-generation 2020 Audi RS Q3 and its slightly sleeker sibling the RS Q3 Sportback have been revealed this week ahead of an Australian launch set for next year.
Spied testing earlier in 2019, the new hero models are again powered by a 2.5-liter five-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine, developing a monstrous 294kW of power and 480Nm of torque (1950-5850rpm).
Those numbers – mirroring the RS3 Sportback – fall short of the 310kW and 500Nm offered with the new-generation Mercedes-AMG A45, but then these aren't direct rivals and we might still see Affalterbach's next-gen RS3 match or better.
Audi claims a 0-100km / h time of 4.5 seconds for both models, powered by a quattro all-wheel drive and a seven-speed S tronic multi-plate clutch automatic transmission. Alas, no manual is mentioned.
The RS Q3 models sit on a 10mm-lower sports suspension, made of a MacPherson design at the front (1590mm track) and a four-link arrangement at the rear (1583mm track).
Buyers can also opt for RS Sport Suspension Plus with Dynamic Chassis Control.
The standard rolling stock is 20 inches, with 21-inch options available in a handful of designs.
Six-piston steel brakes with 375mm ventilated, perforated discs are standard up front, with non-perforated 310mm discs in the rear.
And while SUVs may be unlikely to ever see a track, Audi Sport offers the option of the new RS front ceramic brakes measuring 380mm, gripped by aluminum calipers.
Inside, that's what you'd expect from an Audi in RS form: Nappa black leather and Alcantara accents with RS embossing, with honeycomb pattern and integrated headrests marking a first for the Q3 range.
Contrast stitching is available in red or blue, while the Audi RS Design packs add red or blue Alcantara options for door panels and armrests.
Inlay options include 'Aluminum Race', anthracite, piano black or carbon.
And, to this writer's Vader-esque preferences, the interior can now be had in black on black for the first time. (To be fair, Vader's outfit had a lot of gray in it that never really stood out in the early releases… I digress.)
Eight paint options will be available, including the RS-specific Kyalami green (paging green fiend James Wong) and Nardo gray.
And, as is the case now for RS models, the Audi badges are finished in black at both ends – though buyers may look for an aluminum option if they simply have to.
Audi's local arm has confirmed the new RS Q3 models will touch down in Australia in the second quarter of 2020, following the fourth-quarter 2019 launch of the regular new Q3.
The regular Q3 Sportback is still only confirmed for the first half of 2020, but today's news suggests it will either arrive before or alongside the RS Q3 Sportback in the second quarter.
Pricing and local specs will be confirmed closer to launch.
REVIEW: 2020 Q3 driven, 2020 Q3 Sportback driven
2020 Audi RSQ3 and RSQ3 Sportback revealed, Australian launch confirmed