Audi RS Q3 concept unveiled ahead of Beijing debut image

Audi is pushing the limits on all the segments, and the new RS Q3 concept that will be unveiled next week at the Beijing Motor Show is no difference.

What it is – The RS Q3 is a Q3 with all bits and bobs from the RS bag of tricks. And even if the automaker says at this stage the RS Q3 is only a concept designed to “explore the potential of the Q3 model series”, we expect the German brand to confirm production of the hotted-up compact SUV in the not-to-distant future.

The concept vehicle is powered by a 2480cc five-pot petrol engine that has been tuned up to 265kW (360 hp), which allegedly allows this potent little SUV to run from standstill to 100km/h in only 5.2 seconds and to a top speed of 265km/h.

The engine is also fitted with a seven speed S-Tronic clutch transmission and, as expected – Quattro all-wheel drive. Generally, it directs these forces almost exclusively to the front wheels, but a loss of traction means more of the driving forces can be sent to the rear wheels. The tire size of 255/30 is not exactly typical for an SUV, but certainly for an RS model.

On the outside, the Audi RS Q3 comes with a carbon fiber body kit consisting of a front spoiler, side sills, rear diffuser and side mirrors.

Inside, 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.