Audi introduces first RS variant of the Q Series: RS Q3

 Audi RS Q3 Audi will present the RS Q3, first RS in the Q series, at the Geneva Motor Show from early March. The Audi RS Q3 is developed by quattro GmbH, a wholly-owned subsidiary of AUDI AG.

Audi RS Q3 exterior accents

Audi RS Q3 side profile Audi RS Q3 rear profile

Visually, the RS Q3 takes up the high-gloss black front grille, RS front bumper, the pronounced RS emblem, a large roof spoiler and rear bumper with diffuser. Also numerous added body accents, roof rails in matt aluminium, door sills and door trim strips. Optional exterior packages include flaps in the side air intakes, the trim on the diffuser and the fins on the roof spoiler, either in matt aluminum or black finishing. Completing the motif is the standard 19-inch wheels for the Deutschland market, or 3 types of 20″ wheels including a 5 dual-spoke V design.

Audi RS Q3 interior cockpit

Interior arrangements include gray gauges instrument cluster with sporty lines. and stitched gray trim three-spoke steering and gear knob. Sport seats with embossed RS Q3 logos are also standard and are upholstered in black Alcantara/leather. Optional ‘Nappa’ leather in black or lunar silver with contrasting stitching in rock gray or the design package with diamond stitching is available. At the rear, boot space is allocated 356 liters which can be increased to 1,261 liters with the back seats folded down.

The RS emblem lights up on the MMI and driver information system display whenever the car is start up. Other standard features of the Audi RS Q3 include – in addition to the RS-specific driver information system – park assist plus and Audi sound 10-speaker system.

Powered by a 2.5 TFSI 5-cylinder engine that’s similar to the TT RS and RS 3 Sportback, the Audi RS Q3 outputs 228 kW (310 hp) at 5,200-6,700 rpm and boasts 420 Nm of torque . That means the compact SUV could go 0 – 100km/h in 5.5 seconds, reaching an electronically-limited top speed of 250km/h. Though the RS version beats the regular Q3 to a pulp, it observes a decent fuel intake at 8.8 liters per 100 km. A 7-speed S Tronic dual-clutch transmission transfers power to the drivetrain.

Three drive modes – auto, comfort and dynamic – affects the car’s exhaust system and accelerator characteristics. Meantime, the quattro all-wheel drive system ensures proper distribution of torque between the front and rear axles.

A lowered RS Q3 offers exhilarating driving dynamics and handling, thanks to the sports suspension setup, four-link independent rear wheel suspensions and electronic stabilization control (ESC). Stopping ability of the compact SUV relies on ventilated and perforated brake discs.

The Audi RS Q3 is available in eight exterior colors, including the exclusive Sepang Blue pearl effect. In Deutschland (Germany), the base price is €54,600, and deliveries begin in the fall.

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