Audi has revealed its latest sporty RS model, the RS Q3. Officially a concept, but looking production ready, it will be unveiled at the 2012 Beijing motor show.
Its 2.5-litre 5-cylinder turbo petrol engine comes from the TT RS and RS3 Sportback, but develops more power, which rises from 335bhp to 355bhp. Thanks to the RS Q3's inevitably heavier weight, though, its 0-62mph time is slower than the TT RS's, 5.2sec nearly a second behind the coupe's 4.4sec. Its 165mph top speed eschews Audi's usual 155mph limiter. The RS Q3 gets a standard seven-speed S-tronic gearbox, which sends the power to a quattro permanent 4WD system.
The RS has been lowered by 22mm over a standard Q3, and it's wider too. The bumpers are sharper and more angular while the rear diffuser gets a typically RS look with twin oval RS tailpipes. This all yields a very aggressive look compared to the standard Q3.
The exterior is painted Ordos Blue – a matt blue with a slight yellow tint, apparently. The interior has been suitably colour coded, with a blue and black theme. There's plenty of carbonfibre, all woven with a hint of blue. A release date has not been set for RS Q3 concept but we will be surprised if it doesn’t make production, with a pricetag of around £50,000 likely. But will performance car enthusiasts welcome the RS Q3?