| 21/02/2013 | 1 Comment

One of the Audi stand stars at the forthcoming Geneva Motor Show will be the first RS model for the successful Q line-up.

The term ‘sport utility vehicle’ has rarely been more applicable – the new 310 HP, 155 mph Audi RS Q3 is the first ever Audi SUV to be handed over to the specialists at Audi high performance subsidiary quattro GmbH for the full, no-holds-barred RS transformation.

At the heart of this RS pioneer is the characterful 2.5-litre TFSI engine familiar from the TT RS and RS 3 Sportback, linked exclusively to a seven-speed S tronic twin-clutch transmission. From 2,480 cc of engine displacement, the turbocharged direct-injection unit produces its 310 hp peak at between 5,200 and 6,700 rpm, and maximum torque of 420 Nm between 1,500 and 5,200 rpm. These figures translate into a 0-62 mph sprint time of just 5.5 seconds and a top speed electronically limited to 155 mph.

For the first time, the already highly efficient five-cylinder engine is also complemented by a standard start-stop system which, along with a regulated oil pump that only supplies lubricant when needed, contributes to fuel economy that sets a new precedent for an RS model – up to 32.1 mpg is possible according to the combined cycle test, equating to CO2 output of 206 g/km.

True to Audi RS tradition, quattro permanent all-wheel drive system underpins the RS Q3, in this case the version based on an electronically controlled multi-plate clutch positioned on the rear axle. The system provides swift and proportionate distribution of torque between the front and rear axles for optimum power management in all weathers. It works with RS-specific sports suspension which lowers the body by 25 mm compared to the standard suspension, and which is tuned to deliver flat cornering without forsaking equally important everyday ride comfort. A specially tailored electronic stabilisation control (ESC) also stands guard – it offers a sport mode which raises the limit at which it intervenes, and it can also be deactivated entirely.

The RS accents are naturally also to be found inside. 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. In the infotainment area, a modular component system offers a wide range of options; at the top there is the hard-drive based navigation system, MMI Navigation plus. 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. Highly advanced driver assistance systems can also be incorporated.

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. A practical reversible load liner is standard, and customers who have even bulkier loads to transport can specify a towing bracket.

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  1. Thiago szerint:

    joninchina September 12, 2011 This truly is a beautiful lonikog car, I saw on on display in Kuala Lumpur during the summer very striking and MUCH better lonikog than the MINI or even the 1 series. Without a doubt my favorite Audi, and even the price isn’t outrageous hope it’s a big success.

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