The Ingolstadt-based carmaker Audi has published the first official photos and details of the interesting Q3 RS which will be shown next week at the Beijing Motor Show. This concept marks the first time when the RS badge is put on a car that is not a sedan, hatchback or estate.
The Audi Q3 RS is motivated by a tuned version of the 5-cylinder 2.5-liter engine which can be found in the sexy TT-RS and the RS3 as well. The power has been increased in this turbocharged TFSI engine by 20 hp so it outputs no less than 355 hp. No word about a possible increase of the torque but we do know that the standard power unit has a peak torque of 332 lb.-ft.
Thanks to the additional power boost, the car is able to perform the 0-62 mph sprint in only 5.2 seconds, on its way to a maximum speed of 164 mph. The power is sent to all four wheels via the 7-speed dual-clutch S tronic gearbox and the company’s Quattro permanent AWD system. Compared to the regular version, this concept is closer to the ground by 25mm and it also has been equipped with a sports suspension.
On the outside we notice the RS styling kit and the front of the car is home to a 3D-effect black honeycomb grille, as well as a restyled bumper that has sculpted air intakes, and tinted headlights. The spoiler of the Audi Q3 RS has been made from carbon fiber-reinforced plastics, also known as CFPR.
Thanks to the wider wheel arches and the flared side skirts, the car has a wider stance, while its longer spoiler out in the back gives the vehicle a more purposeful profile. The paintwork that this Audi Q3 RS is wearing it’s called Ordos Blue. Inside the cabin it adopts a blue & black theme, seats wrapped around in Black Nappa leather with blue Alcantara contrasting stitching. A blue pattern can also be noticed on the Alcantara and CFPR trim panels.
Source: Audi via Autocar