Audi RS Q3 Concept breaks cover ahead of Auto China 2012

Article by Christian A., on April 17, 2012

A big surprise came today from Audi… ladies and gentlemen this is the Audi RS Q3 Concept! That’s right, Audi revealed the concept form of its upcoming sporty crossover and announced that it will bring the vehicle at the Auto China 2012 in Beijing. The new RS Q3 Concept is powered by the 2.5-liter TFSI engine, found also on the TT RS Plus, and capable to deliver 360 hp.

The small engine can push the concept from 0 to 62 mph (200 km/h) in 5.2 seconds and to a top speed of 265 km/h (164.66 mph). The engine is mated to a seven-speed S tronic gearbox and the power is delivered to the wheels via the permanent all-wheel drive and with some help from the 20-inch wheel with high-gloss surfaces and sandblasted sides.

Regarding the design, the car features a new front grille with special honeycombs that are slightly offset to one another deeper inside, creating a distinct three-dimensional effect. The new headlights are slightly tinted and inside they feature some chrome parts, which are dark or covered by panels of carbon fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP).

Moreover, the vehicle also features a new front bumper made of CFRP. Furthermore, we find door mirror housings consist of black CFRP, while matt aluminum trim frames the side windows. The rear end features a new front bumper with a stylish air diffuser in order to underline the sporty theme. The exterior design is completed by the Ordos Blue color – a matt blue with a slight yellow tint. The interior features Fine Nappa leather and Dark blue Alcantara in order to bring some colour.

The engine compartment of the Audi RS Q3 has been styled in a way that it gets a rather extreme athletic look. There is a trim panel that is layered with carbon and that covers the region surrounding the five-cylinder engine. On the engine, one can see that it has a valve cover in red. Meanwhile there is a pair of ventilation screens that is positioned horizontally and ensures that the engine gets the needed air.

Looking at the cylinders, one can see that the cylinder number have been placed on the covers of its spark plug. For those familiar with racing, this is a standard practice. Finally, the housing, which is made of aluminum, is responsible for making sure that the sports air filter is opened. This filtered air tube though is composed of stainless steel. Going to the interior, the cabin gets an ample amount of light due to the glass sunroof.

This is excellent considering that the inside is mainly colored in black. These include the floor mats, floor carpet, and roofliner. Even the instrument panel, which has leather upholstery, is also in black. A large area of its seat upholstery, composed of Fine Nappa leather, is also in black. To contrast this, the seat covers are in dark blue Alcantara.

The use of blue as a contrast has been done in a creative way and this is evident through the decorative panels of the CFRP. Its materials have been created by weaving into the panes glass fibers having a blue shine. As expected from a model coming from the RS range, the inside of its door handle has that perforated lightweight construction. On the door trim panels, some of the surfaces are in blue Alcantara. The steering wheel meanwhile has those large control stalks, all of which are composed of CFRP.

These are then framed using aluminum highlights. Since a large part of the steering wheel is enveloped in black Velvet leather, grip is guaranteed as well as cleanliness as it can repel dirt well. Let’s talk about the tachometer. Rather than the standard Arabic numerals, it instead makes use of Chinese characters. The RS Q3 badge can also be seen on a number of features on the interior like the floor mats, door sill plates, seatbacks, and instrument cluster.

Press Release

Audi RS Q3 Concept

At Auto China 2012 in Beijing, Audi is presenting a themed vehicle based on the Q3 – the RS Q3 concept. It interprets the character of the compact SUV in a very special way – systematically dynamic.

The blue painted Audi RS Q3 concept is a vehicle based on the theme of thrilling dynamic performance. Its engine, a 2.5 TFSI with 265 kW (360 hp) of power, and its body – lowered about 25 mm (0.98 inches) and widened with sharp visual details – explore the potential of the Q3 model series in a new way.

Brushed and polished aluminum trim frames the Audi RS Q3 concept's single-frame radiator grille. Its black grille insert exhibits a new geometry – the honeycombs are slightly offset to one another deeper inside, creating a distinct three-dimensional effect. The lower area of the grille integrates another sculpted feature – a silver quattro signature. The headlights are slightly tinted; inside them, some chrome parts are dark or covered by panels of carbon fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP).

The bumper was redesigned; there are now powerful edges around the outer air intakes. They are subdivided into two segments – the inner sections have honeycomb screen inserts, while their outer sections, made of CFRP, have a smooth funnel shape. The front spoiler is also made of CFRP. Its lower section is matt black. The entire lower section of the bumper is coated with blue clearcoat paint.

The same combination of black and blue tinted areas is repeated on the sides of the Audi RS Q3 concept – on the trim strips of the doors and sills and on the add-on parts of the wheel housings. The door mirror housings consist of black CFRP, while matt aluminum trim frames the side windows. The roof spoiler runs a long way towards the rear; its middle section has been slightly shortened compared to its outer sections. It is painted in the body color Ordos Blue – a matt blue with a slight yellow tint.

At the rear, the lower bumper section has a sporty and angular style. The diffuser insert, which integrates the two large elliptical tailpipes in typical RS look, has been shifted far upward. Here too, Audi designers chose a combination of blue clearcoat and black CFRP. The rear lights and auxiliary lights in the bumper are tinted in anthracite and are made of clear glass.

Blue and black: the interior
In the interior of the Audi RS Q3 concept, which gets plenty of light through a glass sunroof, cool black is the dominant color – on the roofliner, floor carpet, floor mats, leather-upholstered instrument panel and on large areas of the seat upholstery, which consists of Fine Nappa leather. Dark blue Alcantara is used as a contrasting element on the seat covers.

The contrasting blue color is used in an inventive way in the CFRP decorative panels – the panel material was produced by weaving brilliant blue luminescent glass fibers into it. The steering wheel has large control stalks made of CFRP, which are framed by aluminum accents. Most of the wheel is covered with black Velvet leather – a leather that gives the hands a secure grip and repels dirt very well. In the door trim panels, there are surfaces in blue Alcantara.

The inside door handle has a perforated lightweight construction look as in every RS model. In the tachometer, Chinese characters replace the usual Arabic numerals. RS Q3 badges adorn the instrument cluster, the seatbacks, door sill plates and floor mats.

The styling of the engine compartment is also extremely sporty in appearance. A layered-carbon trim panel covers the area around the five-cylinder engine that sports a red valve cover, and two laterally arranged ventilation screens feed air to the engine. As is the practice in car racing, the cylinder numbers are marked on their spark plug covers. An aluminum housing holds the open sports air filter, and the filtered air tube is made of stainless steel.

Powerful: the drivetrain
The extremely powerful 2.5 TFSI in the RS Q3 concept combines two classic Audi technologies – gasoline direct injection and turbocharging. From 2,480 cc of engine displacement, it generates 265 kW (360 hp) of power. The car catapults itself from zero to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 5.2 seconds, and its propulsive force takes it to a top speed of 265 km/h (164.66 mph).

A seven-speed S tronic transfers the forces of the sonorous 2.5 TFSI to the quattro permanent all-wheel drive. Generally, it directs these forces almost exclusively to the front wheels. When slip is detected there, it can redistribute forces to the rear axle via a hydraulic multi-plate clutch with electronic control – instantaneously and variably.

The alloy wheels of the Audi RS Q3 concept continue the dynamic RS Q styling and have the dimensions 8.5 J x 20. The front surfaces are high-gloss, while the sides are sandblasted. The tire size of 255/30 is not exactly typical for an SUV, but certainly for an RS model.

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