The new Audi RS Q3 Performance can best be described as raw power in motion. Equipped with its award-wining 2.5 TFSI engine giving a 270 kW (367 hp) output and 465 Nm (343.0 lb ft) of torque, this top-of-the-line offering from Audi barrels down the road with a jaw-dropping maximum speed of 270 km/h (167.8 mph) and accelerates from 0 to 100km/h (62.1 mph) in 4.4 seconds.
No surprise there since this legendary Audi five-cylinder engine has been named for six consecutive years now (since 2010) as the “International Engine of the Year” by an international panel of automotive journalists. Complementing the sports SUV’s unparalleled power and control is the RS Performance’s equally impressive glance-stealing profile, a honed version of the signature sporty look of all Audi models.
A standard feature of this premium SUV is the RS sport suspension with an optional damper control, taming the effects of its engine’s awesome power and gives the new RS Q3 a lower body profile by 20 mm (0.8 in) compared to the previous Q3 model.
For a more roadworthy experience, the driver can access the Audi drive select dynamic handling system to choose between comfort, auto and dynamic settings of the suspension.
With its honeycomb grilles finished in gloss black, the large air inlets, bumpers designed to give that sporty look and the stylishly profiled diffusers, the new RS Q3 retains the distinct exterior design of the original and echoes the design elements of all of Audi’s high-performance models.
In addition, an exclusive feature of this new RS model is the matt titanium-look finish of its add-on components. These include the Quattro logo as well as the frame of the air inlet duct where it is located, the lateral flaps in the air inlets, side window trims, exterior mirror frames, roof rails, and the fins of the roof spoiler.
Another exclusive feature for this new RS Performance model is the option for it to have the new Ascari Blue metallic finish. A set of matt titanium-look finished 20 inch wheels in a five twin-spoke V design stands out in this new Audi offering and complements the similarly finished add-ons.
Red calipers with the RS logo are and standard for the new RS Q3 as well and may be swapped for black colored ones at no cost. Car seats are colored in black and allblue. In addition, it has gray-faced instruments with while dials and red needles -- bringing the exterior design theme to the SUV’s interior.
These are all highlighted with blue stitching. Furthermore, the RS sport leather steering wheel, the selector lever gaiter, the center arm rest and floor matting provide a cohesive overall design statement that communicates the brand’s exclusivity.
With a base price of 61,000 euros, the new RS Q3 Performance is set to be launched in the coming 2016 Geneva Motor Show in March and will be available for orders initially in the German market. Delivery is expected to start by the second quarter of 2016.