Audi recently launched the first RS model in the Q series in South Africa.
The German manufacturer claims the RS Q3 combines typical RS properties such as high performance and driving pleasure with lifestyle qualities and “high utility value”.
The blistering performance comes courtesy of a turbocharged 2,5-litre five-cylinder engine, mated to a seven-speed S tronic gearbox. It produces a maximum power of 228kW and 420Nm of torque. The 2.5 TFSI accelerates the Audi RS Q3 from a standstill to 100 km/h in 5.2 seconds, while the vehicle’s top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h.
The claimed fuel consumption isn’t bad either, with Audi claiming a combined figure of 8,8 l/100km.
Audi’s drive select system is included as standard on the hot Q3. It allows the driver to influence the flap control for the exhaust system and the accelerator characteristic by choosing one of the modes: auto, comfort and dynamic.
The RS sports suspension lowers the body of the compact SUV by 25mm and it will be offered as standard with 19-inch alloy wheels.
So, the off-road potential seems to have been drastically compromised, but at least you get a number of visual highlights to make up for it. These include an aluminium styling package, xenon headlights and LED rear lights. A host of interior and exterior badges ensure that it’s not mistaken for a lesser Q3.
On the inside customers are treated to a standard hard-drive based navigation/infotainments system, black Alcantara leather trim and a Bose surround sound system.
The Audi RS Q3 is priced at R 696,500 including all taxes and the standard five-year/100 000km Audi Freeway Plan.