Audi unwraps rapid RS Q3 for Geneva – MSN Autos

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says the RS Q3 will sprint zero to 62 mph in 5.5 seconds.

Audi has the first in what company suggest will eventually be an range of SUVs in its high RS lineup with the unveiling of the RS Q3.

It will be displayed in March at the Motor Show. The RS Q3 crowns the Q3 lineup with straight-line that puts it at the sharp end of the SUV ranks, ahead of competition as the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder BMW X1 .

Audi’s plans for North sales of the RS Q3 remain unclear. But standard Q3 models yet to go on sale in the market, prospective customers to be in for a long and possibly futile Audi has confirmed the model reach European showrooms the third quarter of this

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Previewed in form at last year’s motor show, the RS Q3 is distinguished lesser Q3 models by a series of RS design elements. They a high gloss black grille insert, matte grille frame, deeper bumper with sizeable air for the engine bay and front brakes, wheel arch flares, sills underneath the doors, aluminum exterior mirror a more prominent spoiler the tailgate, and a deeper rear with integral diffuser and larger chrome tailpipe. The and rear bumpers add one inch to the compared with the standard Q3, it to 173.6 inches.

At the heart of the go-fast SUV is Audi’s 2.5-liter five-cylinder gasoline as used in the TT RS and recently discontinued In the RS Q3, the transversely mounted unit out about 306 hp at 5,200 rpm along roughly 310 lb-ft of torque on a rev between 1,500 and 5,200

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The reserves are channeled through a seven-speed S-tronic dual-clutch offering three drive D (drive), S (sport) and M (manual). included is a launch-control function to provide optimal traction hard standing start

Drive is permanently transferred an electro-hydraulic operated multi-plate clutch all-wheel-drive system to wheel with the distribution the front and rear varying on the amount of available grip.

Audi claims the 3,814-lb RS Q3 from 0 to 62 mph in 5.5 seconds, with top limited to 155 mph. With the of automatic stop/start — a first for turbocharged 2.5-liter five-cylinder — latest performance model is claimed to return 26.7

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There been myriad changes to the which has been lowered and with stiffer springs, and larger diameter anti-roll for added body control. The RS Q3 has wheels standard, with a of three different 20-inch available as an option. The brakes also been upgraded 14.4-inch steel discs a distinctive wave design is claimed to reduce weight, and front calipers.

Inside, the Audi receives instruments, leather-trimmed sport with RS Q3 logos embossed the backs, a leather bound three spoke multi-function wheel with contrasting matching gear lever black piano finish aluminum pedals and foot and a black headliner. A driver system provides information on boost pressure, oil temperature and lap

The RS Q3 is the fourth new RS model to be confirmed for this year — following the RS5 RS6 Avant and RS7 — as Audi is in the process of its lineup of high performance to eight.

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