The Audi RS Q3 was introduced back in 2013 at the Geneva Motor Show, but the high-performance crossover has just received a facelift. If the previous model used a 2.5-liter TFSI five-cylinder engine developing 310 hp and 420 Nm of torque, the RS Q3 Facelift arrives with 340 hp and 450 Nm of torque. As a result, it accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.8 seconds, while top speed is limited at 250 km/h or 155 mph.
Comparing it with its predecessor, the RS Q3 is much faster because the old RS Q3 was able to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.5 seconds. Thanks to the RS exhaust system with switchable flaps, the sound of the five-cylinder engine is even more sexy.
Just like on the old RS Q3, the new model uses the seven-speed S tronic transmission which sends the power to the road via the permanent Quattro drivetrain and a new hydraulic multi-place clutch. 19-inch wheels are offered as standard, while bigger 20-inch are offered as an options.
The large brake discs on the front axle have a new wave design and are 1 kg (2.2 lb) lighter, while using 8-piston calipers. Also as standard is the RS sport suspension, while the adaptive dampers are available as an option.
The steering was prepared for sporty driving and the Audi drive select dynamic handling system is standard. When it comes to design, the 2015 Audi RS Q3 Facelift gets new front and rear bumpers, redesigned headlights offered as standard with xenon technology and LED daytime running lights, a new Singleframe grille, as well as redesigned LED taillights.
The black color dominates the interior, where we find optional seats wrapped in Fine Nappa leather with diamond quilting, red needles complemented by the gray dials in the instrument cluster as well as a driver information that offers a special RS menu with lap timer. Pricing for the 2015 Audi RS Q3 Facelift starts at 56,600 euros in Germany.