2015 Audi RS Q3 gets a facelift, more power and updated design

Article by Christian Andrei, on November 6, 2014

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.

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4.8 seconds from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph): the Audi RS Q3

The Audi RS Q3 was updated concurrent with the Q3. The compact performance SUV is now hotter and more dynamic than ever. Its 2.5 liter, five‑cylinder engine now produces 250 kW (340 hp) and 450 Nm (331.9 lb‑ft) of torque. It also now satisfies the Euro 6 standard. The top model in the series now accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 4.8 seconds on its way to an electronically governed top speed of 250 km/h (155.3 mph). An RS exhaust system with a switchable flap adds even more volume to the unmistakable sound of the five‑cylinder engine.

The seven‑speed S tronic, which transfers the power to the quattro drivetrain via a new hydraulic multi‑plate clutch (5th generation), has also been refined for even faster gear changes. The lower gears are closely spaced for sporty response while the seventh gear is tall to save fuel.

The chassis of the Audi RS Q3 is also impressive. 19‑inch wheels are standard; 20‑inch wheels are optionally available. Thanks to the wave design, the large brake discs on the front axle are now one kilogram (2.2 lb) lighter. They are gripped by eight‑piston calipers. The standard RS sport suspension is also available with optional adaptive dampers. The steering is tuned for sporty driving, and the Audi drive select dynamic handling system is standard.

Numerous design details illustrate the special status of the dynamic top‑of‑the‑line model. On the exterior, the distinctive bumpers are particularly eye‑catching. The color black dominates the interior. The sport seats are optionally available in Fine Nappa leather with diamond quilting; red needles sweep across gray dials in the instrument cluster; and the driver information system offers a special RS menu with lap timer and displays for both oil temperature and boost pressure.

The base price in Germany for the generously appointed new top model is 56,600 euros. LED headlights, among other features, are standard. Deliveries of the RS Q3 will begin in the first quarter of 2015.

Topics: audi, audi rsq3, facelift

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