The new Audi RS Q3 has been spied undergoing testing ahead of its likely reveal at the next year’s Frankfurt Motor Show.

This prototype’s aggressive bumpers, enlarged air intakes, flared wheel arches, huge brakes and twin exhausts all follow Audi Sport’s design brief, providing a reasonable indication of how the finished car will look.

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It’s expected that the new RS Q3 will be powered by the same 2.5-litre turbocharged five-cylinder engine as the outgoing model. Power output is expected to increase over the last model, potentially exceeding 400bhp and 500Nm of torque. Power will likely be transmitted through an eight-speed gearbox to Audi’s quattro all-wheel-drive system.

The new RS Q3 will sit above the recently spied Audi SQ3 , which is set to hit showrooms ahead of the range-topper in the middle of 2019, producing upwards of 300bhp.

The UK is set for a barrage of Audi performance cars next year, with the new R8 , RS Q8 and RS6 arriving on its shores next year. The RS Q3 to follow in late 2019, after a debut at the Frankfurt motor show.

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Source: AutoExpress

December 5, 2018