Audi has recently introduced the first promotional video of the new RS Q3, where the model is being presented in the snow, racing a dog sled somewhere in Alaska.
The Audi RS Q3 is the first high performance vehicle in the Q range of crossovers and SUVs and the model has been officially unveiled just a day before writing this article. The Audi RS Q3 is coming with an aggressive appearance with new bumpers, honeycomb grille inserts, new bumpers, revised side skirts, a roof mounted spoiler, a rear diffuser, an elliptical tailpipe, painted black eight-piston calipers as part of the high performance braking system, 25 mm reduced ride height and 19- or 20-inch alloy wheels.
The RS design is continued in the cabin too where we can find the Alcantara sports seats, the alloy pedals, the flat bottomed steering wheel, the MMI infotainment system, carbon fiber trim, WLAN hotspot, Bose audio system, GPS navigation and more. Power to the Audi RS Q3 is being provided by a 2.5 liter five-cylinder petrol engine, producing 310 HP (228 kW) and 420 Nm of torque (310 lb-ft). The unit is mated to a seven-speed S tronic transmission sending power to the Quattro all-wheel drive system. The 0 to 100 km/h acceleration takes 5.5 seconds and the model can reach a top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph). This just struck me, the RS Q3 is slower and less powerful than the Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG (hot hatch) even if it’s called a high-performance vehicle and this reflects why Audi is being less and less chosen by new car buyers.