Audi Sport presented the new edition of the RS Q3 and with the RS Q3 Sportback the manufacturer extends the product range to include an all-new model. The two sport compacts offer the proverbial performance, athletic design and everyday usability we are used to find across the RS range.
“The first Audi RS Q3 established its own segment. We aim to continue this success story with the new generation of the compact high-performance SUV,” says Oliver Hoffmann, Managing Director of Audi Sport GmbH. “With the offering of the all-new Audi RS Q3 Sportback, a progressive SUV coupe crossover, we are the trendsetter and are leveraging to the full the phenomenal growth potential for Audi Sport.”
The virtues of the RS models are reflected in the design of the new models, with the new Singleframe radiator grille, monocolor gloss black grill with three-dimensional honeycomb structure, the striking boomerang-shaped blades and the flat slits above the grille.
With its downward sloping coupe-like roof line, the RS Q3 Sportback is with a height of 1,557 millimeters 45 millimeters lower than the RS Q3. The rising shoulder line on the Sportback is set farther down than on the sister model, lowering the body’s visual center of gravity and looking outright muscular combined with the large wheels and the wider flared wheel arches. The rear extends the sporty theme with the low rear window and the roof
edge spoiler with RS-specific spoiler lip in gloss black. The RS-specific long roof edge spoiler in the RS Q3 emphasizes the pronounced forward thrust of the high-performance SUV and ensures improved downforce. The new generation of the RS Q3 comes for the first time with a dual- branch RS exhaust system with large oval tailpipes on both sides and chrome-colored trims.
Within the Audi Q3 family, the RS Q3 and RS Q3 Sportback are the sporty flagships. The performance figures for the compact engines are compelling: five- cylinder, 400 hp power output, 480 Nm of torque, quattro all-wheel drive. The power from the five-cylinder engine flows via a seven-speed S-tronic to the quattro permanent all-wheel drive that distributes the power as needed between the axles via a multi-plate clutch. The wheelselective torque control perfects the safe and agile handling.
The athletic design of the exterior is echoed in the car’s interior. The emphasis on the horizontal lines conveys a generous sense of space. The air-conditioning control unit, the center console and the MMI touch display are tilted toward the driver by ten degrees – the entire cockpit is very much designed with the driver in mind. The engine can be started using the optional start-stop button with its red ring.