The Audi RS Q3 has been withdrawn from sale in the UK

The Audi RS Q3 has been withdrawn from sale in the UK

The Audi RS Q3 performance SUV has been withdrawn from sale in the UK, along with its Sportback sibling, with no timetable set for their return.

An Audi UK spokesperson confirmed the models are “closed for ordering” because “the number of orders taken has now filled our current production capacity until 2024”.

Audi sold 95 examples of the regular RS Q3 and 191 examples of the RS Q3 Sportback in the UK during the first nine months of 2023 – and demand remains strong enough for the company to fulfill existing production capacity.

It is not yet confirmed whether both models will be sold again in 2024, after orders from this year have been fulfilled.

The sales withdrawal comes as Audi prepares its new Q3, which is expected to arrive in 2025. Prototypes have been seen recently, showing a general profile inspired by the Q6 E-tron, narrow headlights, a new grill design and a sliding door. Handles.

This is likely to be followed by an electric replacement for the RS Q3 as part of Audi’s RS range going EV-only by 2026, bringing a significant performance boost and name change to the RS Q4, in line with Audi’s new naming strategy. .

The current RS Q3 uses Audi’s turbocharged 2.5-litre five-cylinder engine and, until it was withdrawn from sale, was one of only two cars available in the UK with this engine.