This is the new Audi RS Q3, the first ever Audi SUV to be handed over to the specialists at Audi high performance subsidiary Quattro GmbH for the full RS transformation! The car will be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show 2013 and will open for UK ordering in the summer ahead with first deliveries in late 2013. The new RS Q3 is the fourth member of the RS family, adding to the RS 5 Cabriolet, RS 6 Avant , Audi TT RS and RS 7 Sportback.
The new RS Q3 boasts a 2.5-litre TFSI engine similar to the TT RS and RS 3 Sportback. The system is then mated to a seven-speed S tronic twin-clutch transmission. This turbocharged direct-injection unit produces its 310hp at between 5,200 and 6,700 rpm, and maximum torque of 420Nm between 1,500 and 5,200 rpm. Its 0-62mph sprint time is 5.5 seconds and a top speed electronically limited to 155mph.
To ensure that the spirit of the legendary five-cylinder quattros of the 1980s lives on, it uses the 1-2-4-5-3 ignition sequence, supported by the geometry of the air induction and exhaust systems. In that regard, drivers can influence the flap control for the exhaust system and the accelerator characteristic via the Audi drive select adaptive dynamics system which is fitted as standard. It offers auto, comfort and dynamic modes.
Expect the RS tradition in this new model too. This means a quattro permanent all-wheel drive system based on an electronically controlled multi-plate clutch positioned on the rear axle. It works with RS-specific sports suspension which lowers the body by 25mm compared to the standard suspension. It is tuned to deliver flat cornering without forsaking equally important everyday ride comfort. A specially tailored electronic stabilization control (ESC) provides a sport mode which can also be deactivated entirely.
The RS tradition continues to grace the exterior, a high-gloss black honeycomb front grille and RS bumpers, the front treatment including a quattro emblem in the air intake and the rear a distinctive diffuser and large elliptical tailpipes. A roof spoiler, roof rails in matt aluminium and special door sill plates and door trim strips also add emphasis. Customers can choose the exclusive body color, Sepang Blue pearl effect from the list of eight available.
The interior was not compromised as it features RS accents, the instrument cluster has grey gauges with white scales and red needles. Contrasting stitching in rock grey trims the three-spoke multifunction steering wheel with its flat bottom as well as the gear selector lever. The MMI and driver information system displays welcome the driver with the RS logo. Drivers can call up the boost pressure, oil temperature and a lap timer via the RS menu in the driver information system.
Still in the interior, you find Black headlining as standard while a lunar silver headlining available as an option, and in contrast the pedals and foot support are finished in bright aluminium. The standard inlays are piano black, but aluminum race or carbon inlays designed by quattro GmbH are also available as alternatives here. The luggage area has a base capacity of 356 litres, which can be increased to 1,261 litres by folding down the split rear seat backs.
Entertainment will be provided through a BOSE surround sound system driving 14 loudspeakers can also be added; bringing up to 465 watts of output power, while Audi connect brings the Internet to the car. There is also a hard-drive based navigation system, MMI Navigation plus.