Audi showcased the first RS variant for the popular Q-lineup in the form of the Q3 during the recent auto show in Geneva. The carmaker was able to blend functionality with great driving performance. The RS Q3 can blast from 0 to 100 kilometers an hour in a matter of 5.5 seconds with a top speed of 250 km/h limited.
The car is equipped with a 2.5L 5-cylinder turbo that generates 310 horsepower and has a torque of 309.7 lb-ft. It has an average fuel mileage of 8.8 liters for every 100 kilometers. The efficiency of the engine is attributed to some technologies in place including a start-stop system and an oil pump that only releases lubricant when needed. This engine has been given the International Engine of the Year Award for 3 consecutive years. You can see this same powerful engine in the engine bay of the RS 3 Sportback and the TT RS.
The engine is coupled with an S Tronic gearbox with seven speeds. It uses a three-shaft setup while its 7th gear has a long ratio to help save fuel. Buyers can choose between S and D modes on automatic gear shifting mode or they can also shift manually using the paddles near the steering wheel. The Audi RS Q3 also features a Launch Control that helps it gain optimal traction upon acceleration.
The RS Q3′s permanent AWD configuration is the multiple-plate clutch on the car’s rear axle that is operated using hydraulics. This clutch system makes sure that there is proper distribution of torque on all corners.
The sporty vehicle will not disappoint if you are looking for a ride that has great handling and ride comfort. The sports suspension system of the RS Q3 can lower the SUV by as much as 25mm. The battery of the vehicle is placed in the compartment for better distribution of weight.
The vehicle will be rolled out to the German market sporting a set of 19-inch alloy rims. There will also be several options for 20-inch rims.
The RS Q3 also sports design details that further enhance the compact and confident look of the ride. The exterior features a glossy black honeycomb grille, aluminum roof rails, special trim strips on the doors, and other body accents. Inside, the vehicle features a cool cacophony of well designed instrument cluster, driver information screen, black headlining, and standard finish in piano black.
The first deliveries will happen this fall with prices in Germany starting at 54,600 euros.