Audi launched today the new generation RS Q3 and RS Q3 Sportback. What is the difference in between the two? Well, not much! The Sportback is actually the “coupe” version of the RS Q3, featuring a downward sloping coupe-like roof line – think of BMW X5 and BMW X6 for example.
The 2020 Audi RS Q3 Sportback measures 1,557 millimeters in height – or 45 millimeters lower than the RS Q3 and you can easily identify it thanks to its rising shoulder line that is set farther down than on the RS Q3, the specific rear spoiler and front spoiler lip. It will also get a dual-branch RS exhaust system with large oval tailpipes on both sides and chrome-colored trims, an RS-specific bumper with rear diffuser and horizontal blades in gloss black.
Under the hood Audi placed a new 2.5-liter, inline, five-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 400 horsepower and 354 pound-feet of torque. It goes from 0 to 100 km/h (62) mph in just 4.5 seconds and up to a top speed of 250 km/h (155.3 mph) or an optional 280 km/h (174.0 mph). The engine sends its power via a seven-speed S tronic to the quattro permanent all-wheel drive that distributes the power as needed between the axles via a multi-plate clutch.
The Audi RS Q3 Sportback will go on sale at the end of 2019 at a starting price of 65,000 euros.