Audi is presenting the RS Q3 at the Geneva International Motor Show, the first RS model for the successful Q line-up. It combines outstanding everyday practicality with dynamic driving performance: It takes just 5.5 seconds to complete the sprint from 0 to 100 km/h, and its top speed is electronically governed to 250 km/h. The 2.5 liter five cylinder turbo produces 228 kW and has an average fuel consumption of just 8.8 liters of fuel per 100 km.
The RS Q3 transfers the performance philosophy of Audi to the compact SUV segment, thereby creating a new performance class. In addition to the RS 5 Cabriolet, RS 6 Avant and RS 7 Sportback, the RS Q3 is the fourth RS model that are launching on the market in 2013. The RS family is growing to eight members more than ever. The RS Q3 combines typical RS properties such as high performance and driving pleasure with lifestyle qualities and high utility value. The Audi RS Q3 was developed by quattro GmbH which is a wholly owned subsidiary of AUDI AG.
An award winning high performance engine, the 2.5 TFSI, is at work under the hood of the RS Q3. This five-cylinder engine has been named “International Engine of the Year” in its class for three consecutive years since 2010 by an international jury of automotive specialists. From 2,480 cc of engine displacement, the turbocharged direct-injection engine produces a maximum power of 228 kW at 5,200-6,700 rpm, its maximum torque of 420 Nm is available between 1,500 and 5,200 rpm. These two values signify that the RS Q3 is unrivaled in its competitive field. This five-cylinder is a special engine, beginning with its fundamental concept. It is familiar from the TT RS and RS 3 Sportback, and quattro GmbH modified it for use in the RS Q3.
Drivers can influence the flap control for the exhaust system and the accelerator characteristic by choosing one of the modes auto, comfort and dynamic using the standard Audi drive select system. In the dynamic mode, engine response is sharper and the engine sound more intensive.
The 2.5 TFSI accelerates the Audi RS Q3 from a standstill to 100 km/h in just 5.5 seconds the best performance value in this segment. The vehicle’s top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h. In the RS Q3, the Audi five cylinder engine is working together with a standard start-stop-system for the first time. Other efficiency measures such as a regulated oil pump, which only pumps lubricant when needed, contribute to the car’s low average fuel consumption of 8.8 liters of fuel per 100 km which equates to 206 grams CO2 per km.