This performance crossover has been doing lots of laps.
A new spy video catches the upcoming Audi RS Q3 pushing very hard around the Nürburgring for multiple laps. Thankfully, the driver also slows down long enough to provide a great look at the range-topping version of the Four Rings' compact crossover.
Gallery: 2020 Audi RS Q3 spy photos
We have seen plenty of spy shots of the RS Q3 before, including the one in this clip with the HN QV 292 number plate (see more spy shots above). Unfortunately, the engineers didn't strip any camouflage off the speedy crossover this time. The only major difference here is that there are a whole lot of dead bugs on the tip of the bonnet and windscreen, which hints at the significant number of laps this vehicle is doing.
The RS Q3 will reportedly pack Audi's 2.5-litre turbocharged five-cylinder. Judging by the sound of the test prototype in this video, these reports are accurate because this one makes quite an impressive noise. Rumours for this application of the powerplant suggests an output around 400 bhp, possibly a figure close to 414 bhp. The exhaust gases exit through a pair of big oval outlets.
The RS Q3 would have a sophisticated all-wheel-drive system for maintaining traction with the prodigious output. Large brake discs with big callipers clamping down on them would help slow down the performance crossover. The ride height also appears lower than the standard Q3.
The mildly aggressive SQ3 will arrive sometime this year, but the international motoring world likely won't get the RS Q3 until sometime in 2020.