2014 Audi RS Q3 officially unveiled [VIDEO ADDED]

Goes on sale this fall

Following this afternoon's leak, Audi has officially unveiled the 2014 RS Q3.

Set to debut at the Geneva Motor Show, the first RS Q variant has an aggressive appearance with new bumpers, revised side skirts and honeycomb grille inserts. There's also matte aluminum trim, a roof-mounted spoiler, a rear diffuser and an elliptical tailpipe. Other highlights include a 25mm reduced ride height, high-performance brakes (with painted black eight-piston calipers) and 19- or 20-inch alloy wheels.

The sporty styling carries over to the cabin as the crossover features leather / Alcantara sport seats, a flat-bottomed steering wheel and alloy pedals. Upon closer inspection, buyers will also discover an RS-specific MMI infotainment system and piano black, aluminum race or carbon fiber trim. If that isn't impressive enough, customers can order GPS navigation, a WLAN hotspot and a 14-speaker Bose audio system.

Power is provided by a turbocharged 2.5-liter five-cylinder petrol engine that develops 310 HP (228 kW) and 420 Nm (310 lb-ft) of torque. It is connected to a seven-speed S tronic transmission and a quattro all-wheel drive system. This enables the 1,730 kg (3,814 lb) crossover to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 5.5 seconds, before hitting an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph). In terms of efficiency, the model averages 8.8 L/100km (26.7 mpg US / 32.1 mpg UK) with CO2 emissions of 206 g/km.

The Audi RS Q3 will go on sale this fall and German pricing starts at €54,600.

Source: Audi

First RS model in the Q series: Audi RS Q3

  • quattro GmbH chief van Meel: “The compact Audi RS Q3 creates a new class in the SUV segment.”
  • Combines excellent power with outstanding everyday practicality
  • 2.5 TFSI with 228 kW (310 hp) and 420 Nm (309.78 lb-ft), 0 to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 5.5 s

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 (62.14 mph), and its top speed is electronically governed to 250 km/h (155.34 mph). The 2.5-liter five-cylinder turbo produces 228 kW (310 hp) and has an average fuel consumption of just 8.8 liters of fuel per 100 km (26.73 US mpg).
“The RS Q3 transfers the performance philosophy of Audi to the compact SUV segment, thereby creating a new performance class,” says Franciscus van Meel, Managing Director of quattro GmbH. “In addition to the RS 5 Cabriolet, RS 6 Avant and RS 7 Sportback, the RS Q3 is the fourth RS model that we 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 (310 hp) at 5,200-6,700 rpm; its maximum torque of 420 Nm (309.78 lb-ft) 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.

The 1-2-4-5-3 ignition sequence, supported by the geometry of the air induction and exhaust systems, generates a sporty engine sound that first made Audi popular back in the 1980s.

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 (62.14 mph) in just 5.5 seconds – the best performance value in this segment. The vehicle’s top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h (155.34 mph). 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 (26.73 US mpg) which equates to 206 grams CO2 per km (331.52 g/mile).

A standard seven-speed S tronic transfers power to the drivetrain. It was designed in a compact three-shaft configuration, and its seventh gear has a long gear ratio to save on fuel. Drivers can choose between the D and S modes for automatic shifting of the dual clutch transmission, or they can shift manually – using the shift paddles on the steering wheel or the selector lever that sports a unique RS design. The Launch Control function controls acceleration from a standstill to attain optimal traction.
The heart of the quattro permanent all-wheel drive system is the hydraulically operated and electronically controlled multi-plate clutch located at the rear axle. It ensures proper distribution of torque between the front and rear axles.

The Audi RS Q3 impresses with dynamic and stable handling without sacrificing comfort. The RS sports suspension lowers the body of the compact high-performance SUV by 25 mm (0.98 in). The battery is located in the luggage compartment to achieve better weight distribution. The independent rear wheel suspensions are controlled by four links.

The electro-mechanical rack and pinion steering system operates very efficiently, conveying a stiff, precise steering feeling. An electro-mechanical parking brake and hill hold assist are also standard.
In the RS Q3, the internally ventilated and perforated brake discs at the front wheels have a wave design with wave-shaped outer contours, which saves approx. one kilogram (2.20 lb) of weight at the front wheels. The discs have a diameter of 365 mm (14.37 in), and they are gripped by eight-piston calipers painted black with RS logos. The electronic stabilization control (ESC) has a sport mode, and it can also be deactivated entirely.

The Audi RS Q3 comes on the German market with standard 19-inch alloy wheels. Three versions of 20-inch wheels are offered as well. One of these is the exclusive 5 dual-spoke V design, which is based on the Audi RS Q3 concept car that was shown at the 2012 Auto China motor show.

In addition to its engine, the Audi RS Q3 also demonstrates its special status within the Q3 line-up with a number of visual highlights. RS-specific design details emphasize the confident look of the compact, high-performance SUV. They consist of body accents and roof rails in matt aluminum, special door sill plates and door trim strips, a high-gloss black honeycomb front grille, RS front bumper and quattro emblem in the front air intake. A large roof spoiler, rear bumper with distinctive diffuser insert, large elliptical tailpipe and an RS Q3 logo accentuate the rear. At a length of 4,410 mm (14.47 ft), the dynamic top model is 25 mm (0.98 in) longer than the Audi Q3. It weighs in at 1,730 kg (3814.00 lb).
The Audi RS Q3 can also be customized by one of two optional styling packages – matt aluminum or black. Styling features include the flaps in the side air intakes, the trim on the diffuser and the fins on the roof spoiler. The Audi RS Q3 is available in eight exterior colors, including the exclusive Sepang Blue pearl effect.

The sporty lines of the exterior are continued in the interior styling. The instrument cluster has gray gauges with white scales and red pointers. Contrasting stitching in rock gray trim the three-spoke multifunction steering wheel with its flat bottom as well as the gear selector lever. The MMI and driver information system displays welcome the driver with the RS logo. Drivers can call up the boost pressure, oil temperature and a lap timer via the RS menu in the driver information system.

Along with the pedals, a foot support also shines in aluminum look, and the standard inlays are in piano finish black. quattro GmbH offers aluminum race or carbon as alternatives here. Black headlining is standard, and lunar silver headlining is optional.

Sport seats with embossed RS Q3 logos are also standard and are upholstered in black Alcantara/leather. Customers can also choose the optional Fine Nappa leather in black or lunar silver with contrasting stitching in rock gray or the design package with diamond stitching.

The cargo area has a base capacity of 356 liters (12.57 cubic ft), which can be increased to 1,261 liters (44.53 cubic ft) by folding down the split rear seat backs. A practical reversible loadliner is standard. Those wishing to transport even more cargo can order the towing bracket that is offered for the RS Q3.
Other standard features of the Audi RS Q3 include – in addition to the RS-specific driver information system – park assist plus, Audi sound system with ten loudspeakers, xenon plus headlights and LED tail lights. When they are not lit, the tail lights display a dark red tint.

In the infotainment area, a modular component system offers a wide range of options; at the top there is the hard-drive based navigation system, MMI Navigation plus. The surround sound system from Bose drives 14 loudspeakers with up to 465 watts of output power, while the Bluetooth car phone online together with WLAN hotspot connects the compact high-performance SUV with the Internet and brings the online services of Audi connect into the vehicle. Highly advanced driver assistance systems round out the options program.

In Germany, the base price is €54,600, and deliveries begin in fall 2013.

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santoshrajkumar santoshrajkumar
The awkward car goes faster.
Feb 21st, 2013 6:47am
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schizo schizo
Why? At that price I bet a lot of people will sacrifice the performance figures and go for the Porsche Macan. Unless they really really like the sound of the inline-5...which I admit is distinct. I hope they didn't spend too much development money on this...which it looks like they apparently did not spend too much on it.
Feb 21st, 2013 4:13am
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Kakumbaz Kakumbaz
Little pocket rocket! Looks good, sounds 'gooder'!!
Feb 20th, 2013 3:32pm
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Ratt Ratt
The whole car looks like its been squashed and packed on this enormous wheels, also too many matt parts and that exhaust needs serious aftermarket touch etc. Ridiculous.
Feb 20th, 2013 2:35pm
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lq930130 lq930130
A1,A2,A3,A4,A5,A6,A7,A8, S1,S2,S3,S4,S5,S6,S7,S8, Q1,Q2,Q3,Q4,Q5,Q6,Q7,Q8, RS1,RS2,RS3,RS4,RS5,RS6,RS7,RS8, Q1RS,Q2RS,Q3RS,Q4RS,Q5RS,Q6RS,Q7RS,Q8RS, ......
Feb 20th, 2013 12:47pm
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Garais877 Garais877
Feb 20th, 2013 3:00pm
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catchmyshadow catchmyshadow
agreed, the single exhaust is a no go on a RS Model, i hated that fact on the RS3 as well, where the exhaust wasn`t even oval. as far as the performance is concerned, it`s easy to squeeze out a lot more HP out of this T5-pot and it sounds best.
Feb 20th, 2013 12:29pm
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kimbo kimbo
LOL, the SQ5 has better performance, costs tiny bit more and is bigger. No one's going to buy this...
Feb 20th, 2013 11:56am
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Pointless car. Now people will be struggling in thinking of buying this or the SQ5. I hate their seat stetching designs, a diamond design is better than than this honeycomb.
Feb 20th, 2013 10:50am
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tumbo tumbo
310 hp and 0-100 in 5,5 seconds?? For an RS model? And ONE exhaust pipe??? This should be an SQ3 with this look and performance for Gods sake!! The Audi RS's biggest disapointment in the history, is a fact. Let me just go an shoot myself.
Feb 20th, 2013 10:34am
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nahidrahman nahidrahman
i thought it was bad the old S3 had a single twin exhaust rather than the now trademark quad pipes. This, being an RS supposedly, has now made it worse with ONE pipe. Epic Fail in my opinion
Feb 20th, 2013 11:13am
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xoff xoff
an RS model is supposed to be special. This, I am afraid, is not. It should have been called the Q3 2.5T
Feb 20th, 2013 9:47am
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AlexHohDesu AlexHohDesu
The figures are good.....but I don't get the point of a RS Q3, If you want space, get a RS3, if you want height, a standard Q3 is actually good enough.
Feb 20th, 2013 9:45am
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Kid_Voltron Kid_Voltron
or even the new S3 Sportback, given it's more fuel efficient, lighter and still faster. But its definitely niche, and there will always be people looking to occupy it...
Feb 20th, 2013 9:59am
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Microice Microice
Audi could have done better with the stats and price. yes it's peerless and looks good but it just doesn't scream buy me for what it's offering. they should have either thrown in more power, more butch exterior and made it a low volume model or thrown in the 2.0 mill from the S3, lowered the price and called it the SQ3.
Feb 20th, 2013 8:20am
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AyandaSotubu AyandaSotubu
Single exhaust = Definite NO NO!
Feb 20th, 2013 8:08am
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Shumy Shumy
the single exhaust = not a proper RS. also, shouldn't audi first make an rsq5 then sq3 and this?
Feb 20th, 2013 7:47am
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Ratt Ratt
Even God dont know what the hell they're doing with this S and RS models.
Feb 20th, 2013 2:27pm
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The worst thing about this car is the back seats, so hard and uncomfortable.
Feb 20th, 2013 7:13am
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Davidwayne911 Davidwayne911
the rear bumper looks so weird...and the power...kinda disappointing
Feb 20th, 2013 4:37am
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studiodb studiodb
It seems like Audi has been a little too eager putting out and finding new niches, and forget making really good products. This one for example, is too heavy and slow for a RS-model. And it doesn't seem like it is for the benefits of efficiency either. To put it in perspective, 8.8l/100km is about the same as the twin turbocharged V8 750i xDrive or SL63 AMG uses. But it does come with the impressive futuristic concept of GPS navigation as an extra, though...
Feb 20th, 2013 3:35am
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GTurbo GTurbo
Highly respectable performance figures for essentially an RS3 on stilts! Great styling too.
Feb 20th, 2013 3:14am
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Alkke Alkke
Well about the performance I'm mot so sure... The SQ5 TDI does the 0-100km/h(62mph) in 5,1s... And this is supposed to be an RS.
Feb 20th, 2013 12:01pm
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