Audi will bolster its six-strong SUV range with the new Q4 – and the range-topping 400bhp RS version has been spotted testing for the first time.
The standard version of the machine has previously been spied undergoing cold-weather testing, but the RS Q4 has now been captured on public roads. The car's nameplate has yet to be finalised, with Audi also considering branding it as the Q3 Sportback.
Identifiable by its dual oval sports exhaust tips, Audi Sport logos on the brakes, and the air intake, grille and wheel styling, the RS Q4 is expected to use an all-new 2.5-litre five-cylinder petrol engine that produces up to 400bhp.
As with the previous spy pictures, the new shots show the style-focused, coupé-SUV design of the new machine, which is based on the latest generation Q3. The more distinctive styling is designed to help it take on models such as the new Evoque and X2.
The new shots reveal a front-end design that, as expected, shares much with the recently launched Q3, but also show a distinctly lower roofline and a sloping rear windscreen that meets a squarer tailgate.
Audi exterior design boss Andreas Mindt previously said the Q4 was “a bit more than a coupé version of the Q4; to my eyes, a lot more”. He confirmed the designers had finished the styling last year, and that it had one feature in particular to really set it apart from other Audis.