The new Audi RS Q3 is about to debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show (7-17 March) with aesthetic and technical contents that are basically the same of the prototype bearing the same name that we saw a while ago. The all-wheel drive RS variant of the Audi Q3 (the first RS model of the Q range) uses in fact the same powertrain of the ‘lower’ RS models: a 5-cylinder 2.5-liter TFSI unit delivering 310 hp and 420 Nm of torque between 1,500 and 5,200 rpm coupled with a standard seven-speed S tronic transmission.
The new SUV from the house of the Four Rings therefore loses 30 hp and 30 Nm compared to the RS3 Sportback and TT-RS, but that is not something you would need to worry about: it accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.5 seconds and reaches an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph), with an average fuel consumption of 8.8 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers and CO2 emission rated at 206 g/km.
The engineers of the Ingolstadt-based manufacturer have also improved the handling of the model: the special RS sports suspension has lowered the body by 25 mm, and the battery got placed in the luggage compartment in order to achieve a better weight distribution. The internally ventilated and perforated 365 mm brake discs at the front (paired with 8-piston calipers) have a wave design with wave-shaped outer contours, and that saves about 1 kg of weight on the front axle.
The Audi RS Q3 weighs in at 1,730 kg and comes with a slew of nice devices such as the Launch Control function and electronic stabilization control (ESC), that offers a proper ’sport mode’ and can also be deactivated entirely. Other highlights include standard 19-inch alloy wheels (though three versions of 20-inch wheels are offered as well), body accents and roof rails in matt aluminum, special door sill plates and door trim strips, a high-gloss black honeycomb front grille, large roof spoiler, rear bumper with integrated diffuser, large elliptical tailpipe and various ‘RS Q3′ and ‘Quattro’ logo scattered all around.
As for the interior, the Audi RS Q3 comes with leather/alcantara sport seats, aluminum and carbon fiber trim, alloy pedals, flat-bottomed steering wheel, instrument cluster with gray gauges, white scales and red pointers and the MMI infotainment system with sat-nav, that commands a 465 watts 14-speaker Audio System from Bose. Deliveries will begin this fall.