Audi‘s first attempt at an RS SUV has hit the show floor at the Geneva Motor Show 2013. The Audi RS Q3 is attracting a modest amount of attention from the world’s press. It isn’t the most powerful of RS models, but what it lacks in pace, it makes up in practicality. We sent a photographer to take a look!
The Audi RS Q3 boasts a 2.5-litre TFSI engine similar to the TT RS and RS 3 Sportback. 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. The system uses a seven-speed S tronic twin-clutch transmission to put its power to the ground. It has a zero to 100km/h sprint time of 5.5 seconds and a top speed electronically limited to 250km/h.
The RS tradition graces the exterior with a high-gloss black honeycomb front grille and RS bumpers, 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 Audi RS Q3 interior features RS accents and 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.
For full details on the Audi RS Q3, take a look at our earlier article via the embedded link.