It may only seem like yesterday when the Audi RS Q3 was launched but already, a facelifted variant has been spied testing under heavy camouflage prior to a debut early next year. As is typically the case with mid-life Audi facelifts, only minor changes are expected for the new RS Q3.
External styling tweaks are likely to include slightly modified headlights as well as a modified front bumper and splitter. Additionally, this particular prototype is rolling on a new set of sporty alloy wheels. At the rear, the taillights will be slightly remodelled with some tweaks to the bumper at the rear end also likely.
In the cabin, some changes are also pinned with the most important being the inclusion of a fully digital instrument panel just like the new Audi TT.
Under the hood, we expect the new Audi RS Q3 to remain identical to the current car. As a result, it will boast a 2.5-litre TFSI engine similar to the TT RS and RS 3 Sportback. The system is then mated to a seven-speed S tronic twin-clutch transmission. This turbocharged direct-injection unit produces 310 hp between 5200 and 6700 rpm and maximum torque of 420 Nm between 1500 and 5200 rpm. Its 0-100km/h sprint time is just 5.5 seconds while top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h.