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      02-19-2013 08:38 PM #1



      quattro GmbH chief van Meel: “The compact Audi RS Q3 creates a new class in the SUV segment.”
      Combines excellent power with outstanding everyday practicality
      2.5 TFSI with 228 kW (310 hp) and 420 Nm (309.78 lb-ft), 0 to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 5.5 s
      Audi is presenting the RS Q3 at the Geneva International Motor Show, the first RS model for the successful Q line-up. It combines outstanding everyday practicality with dynamic driving performance: It takes just 5.5 seconds to complete the sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62.14 mph), and its top speed is electronically governed to 250 km/h (155.34 mph). The 2.5-liter five-cylinder turbo produces 228 kW (310 hp) and has an average fuel consumption of just 8.8 liters of fuel per 100 km (26.73 US mpg).

      “The RS Q3 transfers the performance philosophy of Audi to the compact SUV segment, thereby creating a new performance class,” says Franciscus van Meel, Managing Director of quattro GmbH. “In addition to the RS 5 Cabriolet, RS 6 Avant and RS 7 Sportback, the RS Q3 is the fourth RS model that we are launching on the market in 2013. The RS family is growing to eight members – more than ever.” The RS Q3 combines typical RS properties such as high performance and driving pleasure with lifestyle qualities and high utility value. The Audi RS Q3 was developed by quattro GmbH which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of AUDI AG.

      An award-winning high-performance engine, the 2.5 TFSI, is at work under the hood of the RS Q3. This five-cylinder engine has been named “International Engine of the Year” in its class for three consecutive years since 2010 by an international jury of automotive specialists. From 2,480 cc of engine displacement, the turbocharged direct-injection engine produces a maximum power of 228 kW (310 hp) at 5,200-6,700 rpm; its maximum torque of 420 Nm (309.78 lb-ft) is available between 1,500 and 5,200 rpm. These two values signify that the RS Q3 is unrivaled in its competitive field. This five-cylinder is a special engine, beginning with its fundamental concept. It is familiar from the TT RS and RS 3 Sportback, and quattro GmbH modified it for use in the RS Q3.

      The 1-2-4-5-3 ignition sequence, supported by the geometry of the air induction and exhaust systems, generates a sporty engine sound that first made Audi popular back in the 1980s.

      Drivers can influence the flap control for the exhaust system and the accelerator characteristic by choosing one of the modes auto, comfort and dynamic using the standard Audi drive select system. In the dynamic mode, engine response is sharper and the engine sound more intensive.



      The 2.5 TFSI accelerates the Audi RS Q3 from a standstill to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in just 5.5 seconds – the best performance value in this segment. The vehicle’s top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h (155.34 mph). In the RS Q3, the Audi five-cylinder engine is working together with a standard start-stop-system for the first time. Other efficiency measures such as a regulated oil pump, which only pumps lubricant when needed, contribute to the car’s low average fuel consumption of 8.8 liters of fuel per 100 km (26.73 US mpg) which equates to 206 grams CO2 per km (331.52 g/mile).

      A standard seven-speed S tronic transfers power to the drivetrain. It was designed in a compact three-shaft configuration, and its seventh gear has a long gear ratio to save on fuel. Drivers can choose between the D and S modes for automatic shifting of the dual clutch transmission, or they can shift manually – using the shift paddles on the steering wheel or the selector lever that sports a unique RS design. The Launch Control function controls acceleration from a standstill to attain optimal traction.

      The heart of the quattro permanent all-wheel drive system is the hydraulically operated and electronically controlled multi-plate clutch located at the rear axle. It ensures proper distribution of torque between the front and rear axles.

      The Audi RS Q3 impresses with dynamic and stable handling without sacrificing comfort. The RS sports suspension lowers the body of the compact high-performance SUV by 25 mm (0.98 in). The battery is located in the luggage compartment to achieve better weight distribution. The independent rear wheel suspensions are controlled by four links.



      The electro-mechanical rack and pinion steering system operates very efficiently, conveying a stiff, precise steering feeling. An electro-mechanical parking brake and hill hold assist are also standard.

      In the RS Q3, the internally ventilated and perforated brake discs at the front wheels have a wave design with wave-shaped outer contours, which saves approx. one kilogram (2.20 lb) of weight at the front wheels. The discs have a diameter of 365 mm (14.37 in), and they are gripped by eight-piston calipers painted black with RS logos. The electronic stabilization control (ESC) has a sport mode, and it can also be deactivated entirely.

      The Audi RS Q3 comes on the German market with standard 19-inch alloy wheels. Three versions of 20-inch wheels are offered as well. One of these is the exclusive 5 dual-spoke V design, which is based on the Audi RS Q3 concept car that was shown at the 2012 Auto China motor show.

      In addition to its engine, the Audi RS Q3 also demonstrates its special status within the Q3 line-up with a number of visual highlights. RS-specific design details emphasize the confident look of the compact, high-performance SUV. They consist of body accents and roof rails in matt aluminum, special door sill plates and door trim strips, a high-gloss black honeycomb front grille, RS front bumper and quattro emblem in the front air intake. A large roof spoiler, rear bumper with distinctive diffuser insert, large elliptical tailpipe and an RS Q3 logo accentuate the rear. At a length of 4,410 mm (14.47 ft), the dynamic top model is 25 mm (0.98 in) longer than the Audi Q3. It weighs in at 1,730 kg (3814.00 lb).



      The Audi RS Q3 can also be customized by one of two optional styling packages – matt aluminum or black. Styling features include the flaps in the side air intakes, the trim on the diffuser and the fins on the roof spoiler. The Audi RS Q3 is available in eight exterior colors, including the exclusive Sepang Blue pearl effect.

      The sporty lines of the exterior are continued in the interior styling. The instrument cluster has gray gauges with white scales and red pointers. Contrasting stitching in rock gray trim the three-spoke multifunction steering wheel with its flat bottom as well as the gear selector lever. The MMI and driver information system displays welcome the driver with the RS logo. Drivers can call up the boost pressure, oil temperature and a lap timer via the RS menu in the driver information system.

      Along with the pedals, a foot support also shines in aluminum look, and the standard inlays are in piano finish black. quattro GmbH offers aluminum race or carbon as alternatives here. Black headlining is standard, and lunar silver headlining is optional.

      Sport seats with embossed RS Q3 logos are also standard and are upholstered in black Alcantara/leather. Customers can also choose the optional Fine Nappa leather in black or lunar silver with contrasting stitching in rock gray or the design package with diamond stitching.



      The cargo area has a base capacity of 356 liters (12.57 cubic ft), which can be increased to 1,261 liters (44.53 cubic ft) by folding down the split rear seat backs. A practical reversible loadliner is standard. Those wishing to transport even more cargo can order the towing bracket that is offered for the RS Q3.

      Other standard features of the Audi RS Q3 include – in addition to the RS-specific driver information system – park assist plus, Audi sound system with ten loudspeakers, xenon plus headlights and LED tail lights. When they are not lit, the tail lights display a dark red tint.

      In the infotainment area, a modular component system offers a wide range of options; at the top there is the hard-drive based navigation system, MMI Navigation plus. The surround sound system from Bose drives 14 loudspeakers with up to 465 watts of output power, while the Bluetooth car phone online together with WLAN hotspot connects the compact high-performance SUV with the Internet and brings the online services of Audi connect into the vehicle. Highly advanced driver assistance systems round out the options program.

      In Germany, the base price is €54,600, and deliveries begin in fall 2013.

      More pics HERE: http://fourtitude.com/galleries/?c=s...rom%202013/(EU)

    2. 02-19-2013 08:44 PM #2
      RS6 avant please!

    3. 02-19-2013 08:59 PM #3
      dont want truck, want rs3 on mbq platform

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      02-19-2013 09:02 PM #4
      I don't care what you do to a Q3, I still don't want one.


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      dont want truck, want rs3 on mbq platform
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      02-19-2013 09:07 PM #5
      It seems underpowered for an RS car.. The RS Q3 concept had 360hp, which seems more like it

      As with the TT RS, the RS Q3 Concept's I-5 produces 360 hp and likely the same 343 lb-ft of torque.
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      02-19-2013 09:46 PM #6
      Avant please
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      02-19-2013 09:48 PM #7
      Quote Originally Posted by EKaru View Post
      It seems underpowered for an RS car.. The RS Q3 concept had 360hp, which seems more like it


      http://www.motortrend.com/roadtests/...pt_first_look/
      Eh, it being an A3-level vehicle it doesn't seem that underpowered. I don't think anyone would have a real issue even if the RS3 had "only" 310 hp. The Q3 is pretty small. More power wouldn't have hurt, but eh, the people that buy this don't really give a damn about how fast it goes anyway - or they'd get a car instead of a cute ute.
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      02-19-2013 09:51 PM #8
      What an oddly proportioned duck of a trucklet. What a waste. Gimme an A4/S4 Avant.
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      02-19-2013 11:44 PM #9
      Quote Originally Posted by mookieblaylock View Post
      dont want truck, want rs3 on mbq platform


      I second that.


      Q3/ RS Q3 =

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      02-19-2013 11:49 PM #10
      It's interesting that they're releasing an RS Q3 before an S Q3

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      02-20-2013 12:05 AM #11
      This thing is the bomb. Only thing is I wish it had dual exhausts.

      Any chance this thing comes to the Land of the Free?

    12. 02-20-2013 12:14 AM #12
      Looks cool, but would rather have the RS3 / S3 sportback in the USA

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      02-20-2013 12:36 AM #13
      Quote Originally Posted by Fritz27 View Post
      ...Any chance this thing comes to the Land of the Free?
      Not a chance. And it won't come to America either

      Mark me down for another of those "gimme an S4 Avant" chumps... or at least shove the damn 3.0 sc engine in the allroad.
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      02-20-2013 12:40 AM #14
      I want it. Too bad it won't come to our shores though
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      02-20-2013 03:21 AM #15
      Quote Originally Posted by EKaru View Post
      It seems underpowered for an RS car.. The RS Q3 concept had 360hp, which seems more like it
      Eh, over 300 hp and ft-lbs is quite good for a small CUV; also, the power and torque bands are pretty wide (310 hp @ 5,200-6,700 rpm / 309.78 lb-ft between 1,500 and 5,200 rpm; i.e., 80% of peak power is available from 4,160 - 6,700 rpm, or a factor of 1.6 - that's huge!). However, if you compare to the new R engine (almost 300 hp out of 2l), it does seem a bit detuned.

      I like it, I even like the looks of it - but the hatch is too small. So I'll chime in re wagon.
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      02-20-2013 05:16 AM #16
      Quote Originally Posted by mookieblaylock View Post
      dont want truck, want rs3 on mbq platform
      This isn't a "truck" by any stretch of the imagination. It's built on the same car platform as the Audi RS3 and has roughly the same dimensions, but it's got a higher ride height (easily fixed) and is a few inches taller.

      MQB RS3 is probably still a few years off, too.

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      02-20-2013 05:45 AM #17
      Quote Originally Posted by warren_s View Post
      This isn't a "truck" by any stretch of the imagination. It's built on the same car platform as the future Audi RS3
      FTFY.
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      02-20-2013 08:02 AM #18
      Quote Originally Posted by feels_road View Post
      FTFY.
      No, you made it incorrect. The Q3 is on the PQ35 platform. It was out before MQB was announced.
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      02-20-2013 08:04 AM #19
      Do want! I love that thing.

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      02-20-2013 08:10 AM #20
      Quote Originally Posted by Professor Gascan View Post
      No, you made it incorrect. The Q3 is on the PQ35 platform. It was out before MQB was announced.
      You sure? I guess I am wrong, then.
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      02-20-2013 08:24 AM #21
      Quote Originally Posted by feels_road View Post
      You sure? I guess I am wrong, then.
      It's really confusing right now. VW has said that it'll be several years before everything is switched over to MQB, which makes sense since they can't just redesign every car from the ground up all at once. Even at the factory in Spain where the current Q3 is built, they just started building the MQB Seat Leon a couple of months ago, but the Q3 is still PQ35. So the factory is ready to build an MQB Q3 but it's not ready yet.

    22. 02-20-2013 08:39 AM #22
      What is the point of crap like this? RS needs to get their head out of their ass and offer us an rs4 and an rs6. They have the weakest lineup by far versus AMG and M.

    23. 02-20-2013 09:13 AM #23
      Quote Originally Posted by Rob View Post
      What is the point of crap like this? RS needs to get their head out of their ass and offer us an rs4 and an rs6. They have the weakest lineup by far versus AMG and M.
      They do make an RS6, as far as I know its VW/AOA's decision not to bring it to the states.

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      02-20-2013 09:46 AM #24
      Quote Originally Posted by SoSuMi View Post
      Not a chance. And it won't come to America either
      Don't bet big amounts of money on that. It could happen and there's probably more case for it than an RS 3 Sportback.

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      02-20-2013 09:49 AM #25
      Quote Originally Posted by warren_s View Post
      It's really confusing right now. VW has said that it'll be several years before everything is switched over to MQB, which makes sense since they can't just redesign every car from the ground up all at once. Even at the factory in Spain where the current Q3 is built, they just started building the MQB Seat Leon a couple of months ago, but the Q3 is still PQ35. So the factory is ready to build an MQB Q3 but it's not ready yet.
      These things don't happen overnight. The Q3's been out about two years now. Likely they had the option to push off two years by going MQB or they could have the product two years earlier and go PQ35.

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      02-20-2013 09:50 AM #26
      Quote Originally Posted by iggysju View Post
      They do make an RS6, as far as I know its VW/AOA's decision not to bring it to the states.
      We'll get RS 7.

    27. 02-20-2013 10:18 AM #27
      Quote Originally Posted by George@Fourtitude View Post
      We'll get RS 7.
      Who cares? AMG will offer me an e63 sedan, e63 wagon and a cls63 depending on what I'm in the mood for. Bmw offers me an m5 sedan, an m6 coupe and an m6 grand coupe. Audi forces me to buy an rs7 whether I want that that body style or not. They need to get a clue.

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      02-20-2013 10:26 AM #29
      Quote Originally Posted by Mazda 3s View Post
      What an oddly proportioned duck of a trucklet. What a waste. Gimme an A4/S4 Avant.
      Yeah, the droopy ass with too little visual weight over the rear wheels, FWD proportions, and overall size of the car make it look like a dog taking a ****. There's one I see around here all the time, and it's decidedly unimpressive.
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      02-20-2013 10:35 AM #30
      Quote Originally Posted by Rob View Post
      Who cares? AMG will offer me an e63 sedan, e63 wagon and a cls63 depending on what I'm in the mood for. Bmw offers me an m5 sedan, an m6 coupe and an m6 grand coupe. Audi forces me to buy an rs7 whether I want that that body style or not. They need to get a clue.
      Yeah, Audi has made horrible decisions lately. Look how bad the company is doing.

      tl;dr - Shut up


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      02-20-2013 10:42 AM #31
      Why does this exist and why do I want it?

      No need to bring a $100K+ RS6 over here when the $75K S6 more than gets the job done.

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      02-20-2013 11:01 AM #32
      Look at the damn thing. It IS an Avant, you whiners
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    33. 02-20-2013 11:40 AM #33
      Quote Originally Posted by 98a4 View Post
      Yeah, Audi has made horrible decisions lately. Look how bad the company is doing.

      tl;dr - Shut up


      I love this thing.
      Audi is doing well, yes, but break out Quattro Gmbh numbers vs AMG and M and you'll see that in North America they aren't even close - not by a country mile. Poor decision making by management.

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      02-20-2013 11:49 AM #34
      Quote Originally Posted by rconn14 View Post
      More power wouldn't have hurt, but eh, the people that buy this don't really give a damn about how fast it goes anyway - or they'd get a car instead of a cute ute.
      Are you sure you want to stick by this statement?

      Also...we know that the engine in the S4 is under-rated by perhaps 20hp.

      Who's to say Audi aren't doing the same w/this "310hp"?

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      02-20-2013 12:11 PM #35
      Quote Originally Posted by Rob View Post
      Audi is doing well, yes, but break out Quattro Gmbh numbers vs AMG and M and you'll see that in North America they aren't even close - not by a country mile. Poor decision making by management.
      AMG has like 15 different cars, M has 8 if you count the 1series M, Audi has 7 RS cars, with what, 3?, available stateside?

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