What Are the Odds That This is an Audi RS Q3?

Sebastien Bell
by Sebastien Bell

Audi just released the actually-quite-handsome new Q3. Now, though, it looks like there might be another version on the way.

Trademark filings from Europe, uncovered by our sister site Fourtitude, show drawings of a new Q3 with a new front end that looks a little like the old RS Q3’s and the RS Q5’s.

The new front fascia introduces a grille that looks like it has more vertical spars and a lower grille section that looks a little less complicated.

It’s hard to tell, though, just how much that will actually change the appearance, since the patent filings don’t show any chrome.

What is certain to change are the “intakes” under the headlights. These are lower and wider, which has the effect of making the car look lower, wider, and meaner as well.

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The rear bumper also changes to a more simplified design. Gone are the big, Lamborghini-esque air outlets in favor a slimmer design.

As is Audi’s more recent MO, there are no muffler tips, so there are no telltale oval exhaust tips. Nor is there a diffuser and this pictured Q3 appears to be the same width as a regular car, none of which particularly suggests RS.

Reports from Car and Driver, though, suggest that an RS Q3 is on the way (coming to America with the RS3’s five-pot). This does also look a lot like the S Q3, though, which we may have seen testing previously.

Whatever becomes of this patent application, it’s clear that Audi has something up its sleeve for the Q3.

A version of this story originally appeared on Fourtitude.

Sebastien Bell
Sebastien Bell

Sebastien is a roving reporter who covers Euros, domestics, and all things enthusiast. He has been writing about the automotive industry for four years and obsessed with it his whole life. He studied English at the Wilfrid Laurier University. Sebastien also edits for AutoGuide's sister sites VW Vortex, Fourtitude, Swedespeed, GM Inside News, All Ford Mustangs, and more.

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