Audi has revealed details and pictures of the first Q model to be given the full RS treatment – the Q3 RS – ahead of the car’s official unveiling next month at the Geneva motor show.
The company’s five-cylinder TFSI engine, seen in the TT RS and RS3 models, provides the power. In the road going RS Q3, the engine has been tuned to produce 306bhp – not the 355bhp version we saw in the Beijing motor show concept last year. The all-important 0-62mph sprint is dealt with in 5.5seconds, and the RS Q3 will go onto a claimed (and electronically-limited) 155mph top speed. Total weight comes in at 1730kg.
Power will be transmitted to the Quattro permanent all-wheel-drive system via a seven-speed twin-clutch transmission. This, with the aid of stop-start and other fuel-saving measures, give the RS Q3 32.1mpg combined and CO2 output of 206g/km.
The introduction of the ‘Audi drive select’ system as standard brings three different driving modes; auto, comfort and dynamic. Dynamic mode opens up a valve in the exhaust for improved engine sound, and sharpens the throttle response and gearshifts.
To compensate for the power increase, the suspension has been dropped by 25mm, which thanks to firmer springs and dampers as well as thicker front and rear anti-roll bars is said to improve handling. The brakes have also been uprated, with similar front 365mm ‘wavy’ discs as the RS4.
On the outside the RS Q3 gets a full RS bodykit – including the RS honeycombe grille, deeper bumpers rear spoiler and a diffuser. 19-inch wheels come as standard. Moving inside, the white dials, flat-bottomed steering wheel and aluminium pedals separate the RS from the rest of the range.
The RS Q3 is expected to hit showrooms towards the end of 2013, however no prices have yet been confirmed.