Audi RS Q3 Concept at the Auto China 2012

Article by Christian A., on April 25, 2012

Audi has unveiled the RS Q3 Concept at the Auto China 2012 in Beijing. The concept form of the sporty crossover is equipped with the 2.5-liter TFSI engine, which could produce 260hp. This engine is also used to power the TT RS Plus. As a result, the concept can go from zero to 62 mph (200 km/h) in 5.2 seconds and reach a top speed of 265 km/h (164.66 mph).

This engine is partnered with a seven-speed S tronic gearbox. Its power is sent to the wheels through the permanent all-wheel drive and with extra help from the 20-inch wheel with high-gloss surfaces and sandblasted sides. With regards to the design, the car comes with a new front grille with special honeycombs that are slightly offset to one another deeper inside, making a unique three-dimensional effect.

The new headlights have a slight tint and it comes with chrome parts, which are dark or covered by panels of carbon fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP). In addition, the model is fitted with a new front bumper made using CFRP. Its door mirror housings are made of black CFRP, while the side windows are framed by matt aluminum trim.

The rear end gets a new front bumper with a stylish air diffuser to emphasize the sporty theme. The Ordos Blue color – a matt blue with a slight yellow tint – is used on the exterior while Fine Nappa leather and Dark blue Alcantara are used on the interior.

The engine compartment of the Audi RS Q3 Concept has been styled to have an athletic look. Covering the region surrounding the five-cylinder engine, which itself has a valve cover in red, is a panel which has a carbon trim layer. In order to allow air to reach the engine, two ventilation screens, both horizontally positioned, have been placed in this same area.

While the housing that contains the sports air filter is made of aluminum, the filtered air tube is instead composed of stainless steel. When it comes to the interior of this concept car, the inclusion of a sunroof meant that more light gets inside. The seat upholstery, where a large part is in black, is composed of Fine Nappa leather. In black as well are the floor mats, floor carpet, the instrument panel with its leather upholstery, and the roofliner.

Dark blue Alcantara can also be seen and serves to provide contrast to the seat covers. An interesting feature in the interior is how the CFRP decorative panels managed to make use of the contrasting blue. Its panels were made by weaving luminescent glass fibers, in brilliant blue, to it. Made of CFRP as well are the large control stalks of the steering wheel which itself is framed with aluminum accents.

Covering the steering wheel is black Velvet leather which brings with it two important benefits. The first is that it ensures a good grip for the driver’s hands with the second being that it is able to repel dirt excellently.

The blue theme is continued on the door trim panels where one can see that the surfaces are in blue Alcantara. On the inside of its door handle, one can see the use of perforated lightweight construction, as expected from any RS model. One change is on the tachometer where instead of Arabic numerals, Chinese characters are used instead. The RS Q3 badge can be seen on a number of features on the interior like the floor mats, door sill plates, seatbacks, and instrument cluster.

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