Audi RS Q3 revealed

6 Mar, 2013 5:43pm Tom Phillips

The Audi RS Q3 SUV gets a 2.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine with 306bhp and 420Nm of torque

This is the Audi RS Q3, which becomes the first Audi SUV to wear the RS badge and is the fourth RS model that Audi will launch in 2013, after the RS6 Avant, RS5 Cabriolet and RS7.

The Audi RS Q3 is powered by the same 2.5-litre five-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine as the recently discontinued RS3, albeit detuned to 306bhp.

The RS Q3 can complete the 0-62mph sprint in just 5.5 seconds and hit an electronically limited top speed of 155mph. The engine produces 420Nm of torque from 1,500rpm, which is sent to all four wheels via a standard-fit seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch gearbox.

The 2.5-litre engine now gets stop-start as standard, which means that Audi claims a 32.1mpg average and CO2 emissions of 206g/km.

Audi Drive Select is fitted as standard, too, allowing the driver to adjust the exhaust sound and throttle characteristics by selecting from auto, comfort or dynamic modes. Sports suspension lowers the car by 25mm compared to the standard Q3.

The ESP has a sport mode and can be fully deactivated. Uprated front brake discs with wave-shaped edges are standard and are inspired by those fitted to high-performance superbikes, dissipating heat better while shaving 1kg of weight per wheel.

The RS Q3 features a full aggressive RS bodykit, which increases the length of the car by 25mm, taking the total to 4,410mm. The SUV tips the scales at 1,730kg. 19-inch alloys are standard, but 20-inch alloys are available as an option. Interior upgrades include sports seats and plenty of RS badges.

The RS Q3 is expected to cost around £11,000 more than the current Q3 2.0-litre TFSI S Line, at around £42,000, when first deliveries take place at the end of the year. It will have no direct rival at launch, but will soon have to compete with the forthcoming 355bhp 2.0-litre turbocharged Mercedes GLA 45 AMG, which will arrive in 2014.

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Why badge it an RS model? Power and performance put it in S model range??

I totally agree. Actually to be honest the power to weight ratio is actually worse than a new S3, let alone an RS anything!

Why £42k when the similarly specced and powered new S3 is predicted to be priced at around £32k ?

Thats like saying how can the new S3 be badged as a "S" when the A6 BiTdi is faster 0-62 and its a diesel.Its just about clever badging rather then having to justify the RS & S badging ;)

The stlyling says it all its an rs, in days when fuel is rising its a smart move still better to tax and better fuel economy than my 2001 s3 and my 2007 rs4, looks great and you just dont get that same aggressive styling on s models

Exactly! Even the similarly-sizes S3 Sportback will still only cost about £34k!

It looks like a A3 5dr Hatchback/A1 Rearend Jacked up on big wheels it looks silly to me, i much prefer the SQ5, I Don't see the point of this size car.

I don't care much for this type of vehicle however I might consider buying one if i was a vet or a farmer. I cannot understand why an ordinary person would want something like this, the whole concept of cars like this are wrong for sporting behavior, put a big engine in by all means but not sports suspension etc.

Because it wears the RS badge

Does anyone know which mainland european country will get the RS Q3 before the UK and when?