We’ve only just become acquainted with the new Audi Q3, and already there’s a rendering of what the people mover would look like wearing an RS suit. X-Tomi Design is quick on the draw with some exquisite Photoshop work to the fresh-faced SUV, and we’ll be the first to admit it looks fantastic.
How does one convert a standard Q3 into a fire-breathing RS model? It starts with a slightly lower ride height, paired with some larger diameter wheels to fill in that SUV wing gap. The next step is to apply a sexy shade of blue and kill all the chrome, except of course for the all-important rings in the grille. Speaking of the grille, this rendering swaps in black honeycomb RS treatment to replace the vertical slats found on the new Q3. From there, the Photoshop artistry steps up a notch with a well-crafted front fascia that looks very reminiscent to an Audi RS3. Take a look for yourself in this comparison – see what other changes you can find.
The new Q3 by itself looks a bit more aggressive compared with the outgoing model. It’s slightly longer, a touch wider, and with a bit of flair to wheel arches, it exudes something of a muscular presence. One thing we don’t yet know is how much power Audi will install under the bonnet. Three powertrains are confirmed globally for the Q3; currently, the small crossover offers a 1.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder good for 148 brake horsepower, 2.0-litre TFSI with 178 bhp and a 2.0-litre TDI in either 148 bhp or 181 bhp guise. So we expect a minor upgrade from there.
This rendering doesn’t feature a typical Q3, however. This is an RS model, and though such a monster is currently forbidden fruit in some major markets such as North America, the 2018 RS Q3 lives elsewhere with a turbocharged inline-five making 362 bhp sent through a seven-speed dual clutch gearbox. Combined with beefy brakes and tighter suspension, it’s a small crossover with serious bite.