Hope is not completely dead.
The Audi Q3 is all-new for the 2020 model year and it will no doubt be a serious threat to its main rivals, the BMW X1, Mercedes-Benz GLA, and Volvo XC40. But here's the thing: the Q3 variant we want most isn't coming stateside. Audi doesn't see the need to sell its hardcore 394-horsepower RS Q3 to speed-hungry Americans. The same goes for both the Q3 Sportback and RS Q3 Sportback. America, for now, will only get the 2020 Q3 powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four making 228 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque.
But Motor Trend is now offering us a shred of hope for the 400-hp hot crossover. Audi Sport is reportedly still considering bringing the new RS Q3 to the US alongside the next-generation RS 3 compact sedan. No final decision has been made as company executives plan to gauge the overall reaction to the Q3 first. One step at a time.
The good news is that Audi is very much listening to what American buyers want. Case in point: the 2020 RS6 Avant. Audi heard us beg for the 591-hp AWD wagon and after studying the market, delivered the goods. The same process appears to be happening right now regarding the RS Q3 and RS 3. Keep your fingers crossed.
Motor Trend also confirmed what we've long suspected: no RS Q5 or RS Q7. Not in America. Not for any market. Neither is happening. Period. Why? Because Audi Sport's resources can only go so far.
There are other models with far better business cases to develop, such as the next-generation R8. A decision has yet to be made regarding its powertrain, specifically whether it'll be all-electric, a pure V10, or something in between. Those who desire a high-powered Q5 or Q7 already have two brilliant choices: the SQ5 and SQ7. Audi Sport believes both are more than satisfactory, though the latter is also for Europe-only.