2019 Audi RS Q3: price, specs and release date

Russell Campbell
May 07, 2019

The Audi RS Q3 has been spotted at the Nurburgring in Germany. Read all you need to know about Audi’s red-hot new SUV.

  • Spotted

    new 2019 Audi RS Q3

  • Specs include

    400hp 2.5-litre, five-cylinder engine

  • Price and release date

    from £45,000, on sale later this year

 

2019 Audi RS Q3 latest news

This is the second time you’ll have seen the 2019 Audi RS Q3 testing at the Nurburgring – the car was spotted before, almost a year ago, covered head-to-toe in camouflage. 

The car has shed a significant amount of its wrap in these latest pictures, but key areas – such as the grille, front bumper, wheel arches and rear bumper – are still disguised, so you can be sure these are the parts that’ll change. As a result, you can expect the RS Q3 to get a huge honeycomb grille with gaping lower air vents that’ll help cool the car’s more powerful brakes. Integrated into the ground-hugging front bumper you’ll get wider wheel arches that accommodate the car’s larger alloy wheels – expect them to be up to 20 inches in size – while the car’s sills get side skirts that help the Q3 look sportier and more imposing. The rear wheels also get box-section bodywork and it overlaps into a more aggressive rear bumper with a mock rear diffuser and a pair of exhaust pipes that look big enough to go caving in. 

Under its skin, you can guess this test car has been equipped with variable dampers so you can choose between a comfortable ride for pootling around town or a much stiffer setup for, say, attacking the Nurburgring as we can see in these pictures. Keep reading below for all the latest rumours we have on the car and bookmark this page to keep up with everything you need to know.

2019 Audi RS Q3 price and release date

The new 2019 Audi RS Q3 is likely to be revealed at the Frankfurt motor show in September, with the car going on sale late this year. You can expect it to have a price tag of around £45,000, which will put it into competition with the Mercedes GLC43 and the BMW X3 M Competition.

2019 Audi RS Q3 styling

The 2019 Audi RS Q3 will make the already handsome new Q3 look just that little bit better.

Expect it to get a blacked-out, honeycomb grille with an all-important RS Q3 badge so you can easily spot it from the regular Q3. If that isn’t a big enough hint then it’s ground-hugging front bumper should be and you can expect the RS Q3 to also get uprated headlights with pretty LED light signatures. Step to the side of the car and you’ll likely spot side skirts that’ll help it look more planted to the road and huge alloy wheels that fill the Q3’s large wheel arches. Meanwhile, at the back, you’ll get a rear diffuser integrated into the bumper and four large exhaust pipes along with a boot-mounted spoiler.

2019 Audi RS Q3 interior

Inside, the 2019 Audi RS Q3 will get unique metal trim pieces – upgradable to carbon fibre at extra cost – body-hugging sports seats and metal pedals. The RS Q3’s sporty steering wheel will be nicer to hold than the standard car’s and you can also expect it to get unique RS driving modes and a button that’ll make the exhaust snarl and pop more as you accelerate through the gears.

2019 Audi RS Q3 performance

The 2019 Audi RS Q3 will deliver performance with a capital P. Its 2.5-litre, 400hp five-cylinder engine should rocket it from 0-62mph in less than 4.5 seconds with a top speed that’ll have to be limited to 155mph. Four-wheel drive traction will give the RS Q3 excellent grip under acceleration and you can expect it to be nimble in corners thanks to adjustable suspension that can shut out body lean and torque vectoring that’ll make the car easy to drive at speed. Sign up for our newsletter at the top of the page for more on the 2019 Audi RS Q3 when we get it.