A fresh report out of the United Kingdom suggests that the new Audi RS Q3 will retain the 2,5-litre five-cylinder engine employed by the outgoing model, but with its peak power output hiked from 250 kW to an estimated 270 kW.
According to Autocar, the recently revealed second-generation Q3 will be produced at Audi’s Gyor plant in Hungary, with the all-wheel-drive RS Q3 likely to be built at the same location (where, handily, the five-pot is also assembled).
The British publication speculates that the new RS Q3 will be revealed early in 2019, likely at the Geneva International Motor Show in March.
The current RS Q3 is priced at R890 000 in South Africa, and sprints from standstill to three figures in a claimed 4,8 seconds before topping out at an electronically limited 250 km/h.
Its only current direct rival is the Mercedes-AMG GLA45 (R896 718), which makes 280 kW from its 2,0-litre four-pot and hits 100 km/h in a claimed 4,4 seconds.
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