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Audi preparing 400-hp RS Q3?

The second-generation RS Q3 will be sold in America, according to a recent report.

The second-generation Q3 (pictured) that Audi introduced in July could receive a serious power injection a little later in its life cycle, according to a recent report.

Car & Driver learned Audi will again expand the Q3 line-up with a hot-rodded RS-badged model. It will receive an evolution of the TT RS' turbocharged 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine tuned to produce over 400 horsepower. The five will spin all four wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and, of course, Audi's Quattro all-wheel drive system.

The extra power will come with bigger brakes on both axles and comprehensive suspension modifications to improve handling while keeping the power in check. And, as you'd expect, it will also bring a RS-specific body that will make the Q3 more aerodynamic while giving it a sportier look. The final batch of modifications will be found inside the car, where Audi will likely add sport seats and a flat-bottom steering wheel, among other performance parts.

We have good news for American enthusiasts: unlike its predecessor, the upcoming RS Q3 will join the Audi catalog in the United States. Car & Driver adds the model could make its official debut before the end of next year, meaning it might arrive as a 2020 model. This is all hypothetical, of course, and Audi hasn't commented on the report.

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