Geneva Preview: Audi RS Q3 RevealedWednesday, February 20, 2013 6:26 by Arman Barari
The first-ever Audi RS SUV is based on the Q3, and it gets the usual visual and power treatment. The compact crossover segment is heating up and many car makers are planning hotted-up models. Mercedes is working on a GLA 45 AMG, and Nissan on a powerful Juke Nismo. This is Audi’s contender for this segment.
The RS Q3 is powered by Audi’s old but still great 2.5-liter TFSI engine mated to a seven-speed S tronic twin-clutch transmission. With 310PS and maximum torque of 420 Nm (309.78 lb-ft), it takes the car from 0 to 10 km/h in a blistering 5.5 seconds and onto a top speed of 155 mph.
As with other RS models, the Q3 comes with the Audi Drive Select system with auto, comfort and dynamic modes, sport suspension, and a whole host of electronic systems. They have also included a valved exhaust system whose job is to provide an emotional drive by making all sorts of exciting noises.
On the styling front, the car gets high-gloss black honeycomb front grille and RS bumper, rear diffuser, roof spoiler, and a couple of quattro and Rs badges. Sport wheels and large tailpipes are also included. Inside the cabin, sport steering wheel, unique upholstery, and aluminum accents add a touch of sportiness to the Q3′s frankly boring interior design.
Audi RS Q3 is not a concept car. It will make its debut at the Geneva Motor Show, and will go on sale later in the year.