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.