Strong demand for crossovers forces automakers into the constant action. We are witnessing incredibly rising popularity of oddly shaped high-riding models, so-called coupe-SUVs in the last couple of years. Germans manufacturers are pioneers and leaders of the segment, so it’s not any wonder at all that they constantly expanding the offer. At the moment, Audi is preparing the all-new Q4 coupe-like crossover, which uses the basis of the Q3. The amazing compact will be introduced late this year, most likely at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show. A little bit later, the sporty little SUV is going to get a hotter version in form of the 2021 Audi RS Q4. The vanilla model has been spotted testing a few hours ago, and this is what we think it’s going to happen with it:
Like we said already, the high-performance Q4 is going to be based on its regular version of course. However, the mighty model gets a range of upgrades that are typical for Audi Sport division. The first things that have got into our eyes are the oval exhaust tips in the back. These almost Urus-like sides of the SUV show sporty wheels which are surrounded with the green fenders are fitted with beefy brakes. Of course, the prototype hosts a lowered suspension system, while the front fascia receives a more aggressive treatment in form of a more massive bumper and additional air intakes.
Engine And Transmission
Taking into account what’s going to power the 2021 Audi RS Q4, the extra air inlets are very welcome. The extra-zooty coupe SUV will exploit an incredible 2.5-liter turbocharged inline-5 currently available under the hoods of the RS 3 and TT RS. In the worst possible scenario, the powerful option will pump out 400 horsepower and 354 pound-feet of torque. Thanks to the numbers, the crossover will be capable to speed up from 0 to 60 mph in less than 5 seconds. By the time the RS Q4 arrives, the automaker will update the engine, so the output could be pushed further up to 414 horsepower. No matter how many ponies the mill develops, it will send its power through a beefed up version of Audi’s S Tronic 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. Of course, the ‘box will feed all four wheels via a Quattro all-wheel-drive system. This special Quattro is tuned to deliver as much power to the rear as possible.
Although some reports hint the arrival of the Audi RS Q4 at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show, this is not going to happen at all. Instead, the four-ringed automaker is preparing an electric Q4 e-tron version of the SUV, which will be previewed by a concept in the land of chocolate, cheese, and banks.