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

Article by Christian A., 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.

Exterior Design

The dynamic potential of the new Audi RS Q3 is revealed through a number of exterior visual elements like the quattro logo on the air intake in the front bumper as well as the distinct redesigned Singleframe grille with a high-gloss black honeycomb grille and a matt aluminum-look frame.

New RS Q3 also updated LED taillights, xenon headlights, long RS roof spoiler and aluminum roof rails, as well as a modified rear bumper and a long, elliptical exhaust tailpipe. The RS Q3 is available with four appearance packages (two matt aluminum-look and two glossy black themes). Sepang Blue pearl effect is now available as an exclusive finish.

Likewise, the dynamism of the new RS Q3 is exposed through some interior visual details like sport seats -- with embossed RS Q3 logos – wrapped in black Alcantara and leather as standard, or in Fine Nappa leather and Fine Nappa leather with diamond quilting as options. Further accents are made possible by high-gloss black, bright red as well as subtle aluminum applications. As standard, the inlays are in black piano lacquer, although they could optionally be specified in aluminum or carbon.

Meanwhile, the instrument cluster features gray dials with white numbers and red needles, while the multifunction steering wheel comes with a flattened bottom. The color DIS display shows -- in a separate RS menu -- the oil temperature, boost pressure, as well as a lap timer. As standard, the new RS Q3 comes with the parking system plus, deluxe automatic air conditioning, Audi sound system, MMI radio and sport seats. Also standard are LED headlights. The RS Q3 has a starting price of EUR56,600 in Germany, with deliveries set to start in the first quarter of 2015.

Powertrain

The new Audi RS Q3 marks the premium carmaker’s move to inject performance into the compact SUV segment. Its capabilities are headlined by a 2,480-cc (2.5 liters) TFSI engine with a stroke of 82.5 mm (3.2 in) and a bore of 92.8 mm (3.7 in). This engine managed to be named as the International Engine of the Year in its class for five straight years since 2010, as made possible by its ample pulling power, free-revving nature and distinct sound. During higher loads and engine revs, a flap in the exhaust system opens up to deliver a throatier audio.

Power is sent to the wheels through a modified seven-speed S tronic transmission, which has been fine- tuned for enhanced shift times. In D and S models, the dual-clutch transmission handles the entirety of the job, although the driver could manually shift gears using the standard shift paddles on the steering wheel. The closely spaced lower gears allow for a sportier response while the seventh gear is tall to lessen fuel consumption. The new RS Q3 features a launch control system that manages full-throttle acceleration from a standing start.

Meanwhile, the new RS Q3 is laden with the quattro permanent all-wheel drive system with a main component that is an updated multi-plate clutch. Mounted just in front of the rear axle is the hydraulically actuated and electronically controlled unit which electronic controller allows for a great balance between traction, stability and driving enjoyment.

In terms of dynamic and safe handling, the updated Audi RS Q3 doesn’t fail to impress. Thanks to its RS sport suspension, its body is lower by 20 mm (0.8 in) compared to the Q3. This RS sport suspension could be complemented with optional damper control. Through the standard Audi drive select system, the adaptive dampers could be set to one of the three modes. Likewise, the system could modify the accelerator, S tronic, steering and exhaust flap as well as the optional adaptive light.

In Germany, the new Audi RS Q3 rides on standard 19-inch wheels, or on optional 20-inch rims. Braking is taken care of 365-mm (14.4 in) wave-designed brake discs on the front with black eight-piston calipers bearing RS logos. Offering a Sport mode, the electronic stabilization control can also be deactivated.

Press Release

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.

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