Audi’s new Q3 SUV is all about speed

GENEVA, Feb 22 — At the next Geneva Motor Show, the German car manufacturer will unveil the RS Q3, a sports version of its top-of-the-range SUV, which boasts 310hp and the brand’s latest driver assistance systems. The car will be available in dealerships from fall 2013.

The Audi RS Q3 comes with a 310hp turbocharged engine. — Picture courtesy of AudiThe Audi RS Q3 comes with a 310hp turbocharged engine. — Picture courtesy of AudiIts 2.5l TFSI engine, which has been awarded the “engine of the year” prize three times in its class, produces a maximum output of 310hp. It is the same as the one in the Audi TT RS and the RS 3 Sportback, paired with a Start/Stop system and a seven-speed S tronic dual clutch gearbox.

The driver has a choice of three driving modes: auto, comfort and dynamic.

And with this engine, the Audi RS Q3 boasts some impressive specs: it can go from 0 to 100km/h in a mere 5.5 seconds and has a top speed limited to 250km/h. It consumes an average of 8.8l/100km.

Many sports touches have been added to the original SUV. The RS sports chassis has been lowered by 25mm. The wheels have been fitted with ventilated perforated brake discs. The RS Q3 also comes with roof rails, aluminium pedals and footrest, a black honeycomb front grille and unique front and rear bumpers.  

Drivers can bring up information about the car such as the boost pressure and oil temperature by using the dashboard computer menu. The series equipment also includes the Audi Parking System Plus, the Audi 10-speaker 180W sound system, xenon headlights and LED tail lights. 

Just under a year ago, the German manufacturer presented a concept car based on the Q3 — more precisely, the RS Q3 — which prefigured this model.

The Audi RS Q3 will be available from fall 2013. Although its exact price is not yet known, it is expected to retail for about €55,000 (RM231,000).

The Geneva Motor Show is from March 7-17. — AFP-Relaxnews



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