Originally the Audi Q3 wasn’t the sort of car that took to the streets to dislocate people’s necks. It tended to be sober, was a good family friend and endowed with all the ingredients which mobile man does not wish to be without when travelling by car. Then the Q3 caught the attention of interested parties who don’t like to do without performance as a matter of principle. It was for this clientèle that Audi created the RS Q3 2.5 TFSI quattro. The powerful five-cylinder engine generates 310 hp, and that was the end of the steady old friend, guardian of hearth and home. Its image is now more akin to the road-going go-getter than the mother-in-law’s blue-eyed boy.
The compact Audi Q3 SUV has just adopted the more compact and efficient 1.4-litre TFSI petrol engine which joins the range alongside an attractive and comprehensive new S line Plus specification option. The new powertrain comes as an alternative to the 140 hp (103 kW) 2.0-litre TDI model, and shares its exclusively front-wheel-driven configuration.
The engine will be available on SE and S line trim levels and will offer a peak power of 150 hp (110 kW) delivered between 5,000 and 6,000rpm, and maximum torque of 250 Nm (185 lb-ft) from 1,750 to 3,000rpm. The unit is matched to either a six-speed manual or seven-speed S tronic twin-clutch transmission.
The acceleration sprint from 0 to 100 km/h, Audi Q3 covers in 9.2 seconds (8.9 seconds for cars equipped with S tronic) on its way to a top speed of 126 mph. Combined fuel economy stands at 47.9 mpg, while the CO2 emissions match the efficiency-focused are rated at 137 g/km (145 g/km for S tronic models).
For the Q3 quattro-equipped variants, there is available the S line Plus specification. In fact, the model line will be offered only for all quattro-equipped 2.0 TFSI and 2.0 TDI models. The new specification boosts visual appeal via 19-inch ‘five segment spoke’ design, and the adoption of privacy glass extending from the B-pillar rearwards. It also includes a choice of seven metallic paint finishes – Ice silver, Samoa orange, Monsoon grey, Caribou brown, Platinum beige, Cobalt blue and Glacier white.
The interior of the model sports standard S line perforated leather and Alcantara, cruise control, Audi’s parking system plus and SD card-based satellite navigation via the 6.5-inch colour display.
Other equipment details include the Xenon Plus headlights with LED daytime running lights, exclusive S line body styling, light and rain sensors, front sports seats with powered lumbar support, the Audi Music Interface, Bluetooth interface and voice control system for many infotainment functions. Both versions of the Q3 are equipped with comfort-oriented ‘dynamic suspension’ and S line sports suspension with a 20mm lower setting if preferred.
Audi Q3 1.4 TFSI – Trims, Engines and Transmission:
- 1.4 TFSI SE 150PS Manual
- 1.4 TFSI S line 150PS Manual
- 1.4 TFSI SE 150PS S tronic
- 1.4 TFSI S line 150PS S tronic
Audi Q3 S line plus – Trims, Engines and Transmission:
- 2.0 TFSI quattro 170PS Six-speed manual
- 2.0 TFSI quattro 170PS Seven-speed S tronic
- 2.0 TFSI quattro 211PS Seven-speed S tronic
- 2.0 TDI quattro 140PS Six-speed manual
- 2.0 TDI quattro 140PS Seven-speed S tronic
- 2.0 TDI quattro 177PS Six-speed manual
- 2.0 TDI quattro 177PS Seven-speed S tronic
The term ‘sport utility vehicle’ has rarely been more applicable – the new Audi RS Q3 is the first ever Audi SUV to be handed over to the specialists at Audi high performance subsidiary quattro GmbH for the full, no-holds-barred RS transformation. One of the Audi stand stars at the forthcoming Geneva Motor Show, the new 310PS, 155mph Q3 flagship is due to open for UK ordering in the summer ahead of first deliveries in late 2013.
At Auto China 2012 in Beijing, Audi is presenting a themed vehicle based on the Q3 – the RS Q3 concept. It interprets the character of the compact SUV in a very special way – systematically dynamic.
The blue painted Audi RS Q3 concept is a vehicle based on the theme of thrilling dynamic performance. Its engine, a 2.5 TFSI with 265 kW (360 hp) of power, and its body – lowered about 25 mm (0.98 inches) and widened with sharp visual details – explore the potential of the Q3 model series in a new way.