‘Thrilling dynamic performance’… that’s the theme Audi is going with to the Beijing Motor Show. And to headline the event, Audi has glued together the Audi RS Q3. Essentially, it is a Q3 with all bits and bobs from the RS bag of tricks.
For starters, the RS Q3 sits 25 mm closer to the tarmac and widened with visual details. The black honeycombed grille now gives off a 3D effect by its offset placement and framed by a brushed and polished aluminium trim. The headlights are slightly tinted and certain chrome parts are either finished in dark tones or covered by carbon fibre-reinforced polymer (CFRP) panels. More CFRP are found in the redesigned bumper with the honeycomb inserts and front spoiler, the wing mirror housings and the diffuser. The colour you see in the pictures is called Ordos Blue, which Audi says is a matt blue with a slight yellow tint.
The RS Q3 is fitted with a glass sunroof that lets light into the cool black interior. What are not inked in black are painted in blue with CFRP highlights. Three kinds of leather are featured in here – seats get Fine Nappa, steering wheel gets black Velvet leather that repels dirt well and the door trim panels are covered in blue Alcantara. In the tacho, the usual Arabic numerals are replaced with Chinese characters, no doubt to appeal to the Chinese market.
Style is also what you get when you pop the hood. The engine compartment features a layered-carbon trim panel that covers the area around the five-cylinder engine with a red valve cover. There are two laterally arranged ventilation screens that feed air into the engine. Cylinder numbers are marked on the spark plug covers – a racing trait. Rounding up is the aluminium housing that holds the open sports air filter while the air tube is made of stainless steel.
Which brings me to the engine; it’s a powerful one. The RS Q3 will have the 2.5 litre, gasoline direct injection, turbocharged TFSI engine. It generates 360 hp, no word on its torque. It is capable of accomplishing the century sprints in 5.2 seconds and has a top speed of 265 km/h.
Paired with the engine is a seven-speed S tronic (Audi’s dual clutch, in case you didn’t know) and it sends power to all four extremities. Yes, it has quattro. The RS Q3 will wear 8.5 J x 20 alloy wheels. The front surfaces are high-gloss; the sides are sandblasted. The 255/30 rubbers will be shoehorned onto the wheels.