Audi Q3 RS concept for Auto China

Thursday, 19 April 2012 9:17 AM

Audi Q3

The new, 355bhp Audi Q3 RS concept shows a tougher side to the firm's compact SUV

Why wait until the actual motor show to tell us all about a car when you can tell us just before the show starts? Audi have spilled plenty of early beans on a concept car they plan to unveil at the Beijing Motor Show (known to its mother as Auto China).

It's a Q3 RS - yes, they've gone and added the RS high performance badge to a compact SUV. We may be more than a little reminded of the Nissan Juke R with this little beastie and as such, we frankly cannot wait for this one to become a production reality.

It pumps out 355bhp from a five-cylinder 2.5-litre TFSI petrol engine, goes from 0-62mph in 5.2 seconds and has a top speed of 165mph. This fine engine, covered by a carbon fibre panel, is mated to a seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission and the power is delivered to all four wheels because this one is a quattro permanent all-wheel drive. Fast and grippy and should corner like it's on rails then. Ace!

It doesn't look too bad either with a combination of Ordos Blue matt paint and blue "clearcoat" paint. It sits on 21-inch alloys and the RS styling is there with the honeycomb grille, deep air intakes and side sills, rear diffuser and large oval tailpipes. Carbon fibre reinforced polymer (CFRP) features on the front spoiler, air intakes, wing mirrors and headlights.

Inside, there's a glass sunroof to add light to a rather black interior with dark blue trim. The seats are Nappa leather, the steering wheel sounds very touchable in Black Velvet leather and CFRP features again on door trims and control stalks. Especially for the captive Beijing audience, Chinese characters feature on the rev counter.
We're liking it already - let's hope this one goes into production soon and it is seen on our roads as well as China.

By Georgia Lewis

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