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Audi's 2.5-liter turbo five has shown remarkable potential. It powers the RS3 hot hatch, the new TT RS, the Volkswagen Golf24 endurance racer and was shoehorned into the A1 Clubsport Quattro concept. Now, word has it that this delicious powerplant will be dropped into the Q3 crossover to make for a new Q3 RS.

The news arrives only weeks after the Q3 started production at sister-company Seat's plant in Martorell, Spain. The model is initially being offered with 2.0-liter engines, burning gasoline as a TSFI with 168 or 208 horsepower, as well as a TDI diesel with 138 or 175 horsepower.

The turbo five produces 335 horsepower in the RS3 and TT RS, 450 horsepower in the race-spec Golf24 and upwards of 500 horsepower in the A1 concept, so you can count on the Q3 RS offering a considerable boost in performance over the existing models. Reports indicate that it could be detuned to 300 horsepower (possibly for the benefit of more torque) in the hot crossover, however. And while Audi has yet to confirm the model, sources inside Germany expect it to hit the market sometime next year.

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      • 3 Years Ago
      A pig in gym shorts.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I hope they're paying GM royalties for copying the insignia wagon tailgate.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Audi's Q series has used that basic tailgate configuration since the Q7 debuted several years before the Insignia Sports Tourer
      • 3 Years Ago
      Q3 S not RS but will be awesome ;)
        • 3 Years Ago
        Agreed. I wouldn't think Audi would have an "RS" line vehicle that is only 300 hp. Not to say 300 hp isn't quite a bit of motivation for a vehicle of this size, but seems more in line with their "S" models.
      • 3 Years Ago
      What are you doing Audi, you are not BMW..why are you making sport versions of every SUV?
      • 3 Years Ago
      Useless pig.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Reminds me of the robot from Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I want this soo badd!!!
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Audi Quattro concept was powered by a 408hp version of the 2.5T. Seriously, how could you guys forget that?
      • 3 Years Ago
      I kind of wonder why VW doesn't offer a turbo option on the 2.5 in the new passat and just drop the V6?
      Darnell Robeson
      • 3 Years Ago
      why would we need or want a Q3? I thought that was the purpose of the Q5....is there a Q1 next? Or maybe a Q1/2? Plus as much as I love the Q5 and Q7, I think the Q3 is kinda funny looking..ugly actually....maybe they should leave it in Europe and China
      • 3 Years Ago
      Cant get the new A6 Avant with the 313hp diesel, cant get a RS4, can't get a 3.0TDI in a A4
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't think that you can "detune" an engine's power to get more torque. Horsepower = torque (ft-lb) * rotational speed (rpm) / 5252. At any given rpm, more torque gives more power. You can increase power by increasing rpms or increasing torque. RPM is exchanged for torque through the transmission, so power is what moves the car. High torque at low rpm simply gives higher power at low rpm, bringing the average power across the rpm band closer to the peak power.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Exactly.. so lower the PEAK power but get a better curve/more drive-ability. I think when people thing (at least me) detune, we mean less peak power. Just like the Mustang and F150 have the same basic engine. They are tuned differently. Not necessarily "detuned" but detuned from peak power. By having less power = better torque curve for towing/hauling. This thing needs some rev's down low. No one is buying a small suv to wring out to 6500rpm's daily. Most are buying to haul kids, groceries, people, skis, luggage etc. Give me 240-270hp and lighter weight for a funner ride and I'll be happy. 240-270 will beat the RDX but Audi will probably charge $8000 more than Acura. (BTW the RDX is the ONLY car I actually like in the entire Acura line - the rest are hideous).
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