Audi RS Q3 concept revealed

Audi RS Q3 concept
Audi RS Q3 concept

Audi has announced the new RS Q3 Concept will be unveiled at Audi China 2012 in Beijing.

The root of the concept's personality is generated from the 2.5 TFSI engine that has been coupled with the company's seven-speed S tronic transmission system. It boasts turbocharging and direct injection technology and generates 360 PS (265kW / 355hp) enabling it to accelerate from 0-100kph (0-62mph) in 5.3 seconds before reaching a top speed of 265 kph (165 mph).

The exterior design starts with a single frame grille on the front fascia that is flanked by the large air intakes below the tinted headlights. The rear end meanwhile, features a redesigned bumper that integrates the rear diffusor and tail pipes. The glass sunroof gives plenty of light to an interior that is mostly black with a few hints of the similar blue color that is coated on the exterior.

There are no indications at this early stage whether Audi will bless the Q3 with an RS version in production form, but we expect to hear more about this following its world debut.

  • Interpretation of a high-performance athlete with 265 kW (360 hp)
  • Powerful 5-cylinder unit combines gasoline direct injection with turbocharging
  • Acceleration to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 5.2 seconds and top speed of 265 km/h (164.66 mph)

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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Han Solo Han Solo
Where have I seen seen this design before, oh yes I got it.Let's do some Math: Audi RS Q3 = (Mitsubishi Lancer EVO X + A3 + Ford Fusion)/ 3...but honestly I really like this car..even if it looks just like another Mitsubishi Lancer EVO X after a Minor Facelift and pumped up with Steroids...honestly.
Apr 20th, 2012 4:19am
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Someone has ran out of ideas :}
Apr 18th, 2012 8:31pm
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Han Solo Han Solo
Yap...tell me about it...seems like Audi likes the Mitsubishi Lancer EVO X looks now...somehow I feel that a lot of automakers like the Lancer EVO X looks...for example...Ford Fusion and Ford EVOS Concept...which I'm really looking forward too actually despite their similarity.
Apr 20th, 2012 4:22am
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Audi seem to be looking for a gap in the market for tuner suv's now :) not good
Apr 20th, 2012 4:13pm
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Jorge_has_A3_TDI Jorge_has_A3_TDI
What a wonderful car! Audi is saying to the world how perfection looks like. Owning a Audi TDI ( like me ) is saying to the world that I am a person who lives a good life and has an upper-class status. A person who likes perfection! Audi in Portugal is up 17% in sales since January!
Apr 18th, 2012 4:02pm
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loki loki
Are you kidding me?... No, really, are you for real?
Apr 18th, 2012 6:17pm
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vilivo vilivo
This comment deserves a Noddy badge!
Apr 18th, 2012 8:45pm
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Han Solo Han Solo
You are so full of surprises
Apr 20th, 2012 4:21am
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adz911 adz911
An Audi A3 is a VW Golf in a pretty dress. If you lived such a good life or upper class as you put it, you'd have at least bare minimum an A5 3.0 TDI or anything above it.
Apr 20th, 2012 1:41pm
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Ratt Ratt
lol before reading I thought this is the new A3 on the picture, but anyway it looks ok,
Apr 18th, 2012 3:33pm
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velsatis velsatis
Exacly what I thought
Apr 18th, 2012 9:40pm
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velsatis velsatis
Issue is always the same, look at the pic for 5 seconds and tell me it doesn´t look like any other audi???? Do they even have a design department? how boring can it get
Apr 18th, 2012 2:40pm
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TheAntichrist TheAntichrist
U say the all Audis looks to same. Take eye in your hand, and tell me, doesnt all BMWs and Mercs looks to same?
Apr 18th, 2012 9:15pm
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velsatis velsatis
BMW´s maybe, but Mercedes surelly have a distingtive look from one to another
Apr 18th, 2012 9:40pm
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TheAntichrist TheAntichrist
@Velsatis. Go watch in here, what do you think, looks all BMWs to same?...http://www.netcarshow.com/bmw/
Apr 18th, 2012 10:19pm
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TroyBoy71 TroyBoy71
This will sell and sell well - but where's the Q5 S and RS they hinted at years ago?? Also, Audi & BMW designers please stop the petty pinching of each others styles... wheels here are an obvious copy of the high-end BMW X1 rims (but I like these - and Audis - better!)
Apr 18th, 2012 2:39pm
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tumbo tumbo
Some ponits. - why on earth the Q3 and not the Q5?? - who needs an RS version of Q3 seriously? It would fit the Q5 much more. - why not RS Q3 and not Q3 RS. What's up with the strange name? - for an RS car, 5.2 seconds to 100km/h is to slow The car sure looks amazing. Looks really cool, and the interior beats anything else. Wow. But still, I dont think the Q3 deserves a RS version at all.
Apr 18th, 2012 2:32pm
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edd_lg edd_lg
boring. i was hoping this would look more like the original concept, something like this : http://www.desktopmachine.com/pics/Audi_Cross-Coupe_468_1024x768.jpg
Apr 18th, 2012 2:06pm
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adz911 adz911
I quite like it. Kinda chunky and kinda sleek all at the same time. Wonder if it'll suffer from numb steering like most Audi RS models.
Apr 18th, 2012 1:00pm
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tumbo tumbo
You mean as the RS4 B7 or the R8? ;)
Apr 18th, 2012 2:33pm
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vilivo vilivo
about time the RS badge became involved in SUVs. The M and AMG have alreay gotten started on that, but RS does tend to come out a bit later.
Apr 18th, 2012 12:40pm
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BeEmWe BeEmWe
Cause Audi tends to wait and see how well BMW and Merc niche products do, and then easy!!
Apr 18th, 2012 1:08pm
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vilivo vilivo
Good business sense, then. I mean- thats what its always been about- figuring out the path of least resistance to the most proffit.
Apr 18th, 2012 8:43pm
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loki loki
... OK Audi, you've officially phucked up the "RS" badge. So you're pretty dead to me. Please don't phuck up Ducati too. Just please. I don't wanna see a Ducati scooter or a 1199 Panigale TDI.
Apr 18th, 2012 12:35pm
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edd_lg edd_lg
Ducati V12 TDI AWD , Hell Yeah !
Apr 18th, 2012 2:02pm
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manual-trans manual-trans
Things have gone pretty bad after letting Peter Schreyer go!!
Apr 18th, 2012 11:43pm
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TheAntichrist TheAntichrist
Looks great! I cant wait!
Apr 18th, 2012 12:26pm
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ValdesArtHouse ValdesArtHouse
Am I wrong or is the Q3 essentially an A3 that has been raised 5 inches?
Apr 18th, 2012 11:25pm
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Han Solo Han Solo
I think it is more like this (Audi A3 + Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X)/2 = this car.
Apr 20th, 2012 4:36am
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manual-trans manual-trans
Concept!! What concept about it? It should be a production ready car. Oh, please take out the RS badge. Just let it be Q3
Apr 18th, 2012 11:41pm
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