Audi will launch four new models under its high-performance RS arm in 2013. Very few details have been released but we know that this will include an RS7 and the Q3 RS, which is its first high-performance SUV. These new models were confirmed by Quattro GmbH chief Stephan Reil. According to Autocar, the 2013 lineup will include RS6 and RS5 cabriolet models, as well as the RS7 and Q3 RS.
It’s expected that the RS7 will be displayed next month at the Detroit Auto Show. It will have the same equipment as the RS6, which means that it will be powered by a 552bhp 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8. It will also have the same top speed as the RS6 Avant of up to 190mph. It’s likely to be available instead of the RS6 saloon version.
RS4/RS5 models use a similar strategy, in which there is no saloon but only estate and coupé versions. Last April, the Q3 RS was previewed at the Beijing motor show. Reil dropped a hint that a production version will be presented this spring at the Geneva motor show. The concept made use of a variant of the TT RS’s 2.5-litre five-cylinder engine modified to offer 355bhp.
Audi is introducing the first RS in the thriving Q range, the RS Q3, at the 2013 Geneva International Motor Show. It blends superior everyday functionality with vibrant drive performance: It uses only 5.5 seconds to complete the dash from 0 to 100 km/h (62.14 mph), and its top speed is electrically controlled to 250 km/h (155.34 mph). The 2.5-liter five-cylinder turbo creates 228 kW (310 hp) with an average fuel use of only 8.8 litres per 100 km (26.73 US mpg).
RS Q3 conveys the performance ideals of Audi to compact SUVs and in doing so, it creates a new automotive class. As an addition to the RS5 Cabriolet, RS6 Avant, and RS7 Sportback, the RS Q3 is the fourth RS that Audi is introducing to the market in 2013. The RS family has grown to eight members, the largest it has ever been. The RS Q3 blends such classic RS traits as high-quality performance and drive pleasure with stylish touches and high practical value. The RS Q3 was conceived and engineered by quattro GmbH, Audi’s wholly-owned subsidiary.
A prized high-performing engine, the 2.5 TFSI, works hard under the Audi RS Q3’s hood. This five-cylinder engine was awarded "International Engine of the Year" for three consecutive years for its class since 2010 by an international jury of automotive experts. From the 2,480 cc of engine displacement, the turbo-charged direct-injection engine creates a maximum 228 kW (310 hp) of power at 5,200-6,700 rpm; its maximum 420 Nm (309.78 lb-ft) of torque is available from 1,500 to 5,200 rpm. These two values indicate that the RS Q3 is unparalleled in its field.