The new Audi RS Q3 performance joins the RS6 Avant performance and the RS7 Sportback performance as the third member of the RS performance family. As the sporty subsidiary of AUDI AG, quattro GmbH is responsible for these high-performance models.
The output of the 2.5 TFSI engine has been increased by 20 kW (27 hp) to 270 kW (367 hp), helping the RS Q3 performance to a standard top speed of 270 km/h (167.8 mph). 465 Nm (343.0 lb-ft) of torque is available from 1,625 to 5,500 rpm; the RS Q3 performance sprints from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 4.4 seconds. Combined fuel consumption in the NEDC cycle is 8.6 liters per 100 km (27.4 US mpg), corresponding to 203 g CO2 per km (326.7 g/mi). A recuperation system and a start-stop system contribute to this value. The emissions classification is Euro 6.
The five-cylinder turbo's power flows to a modified seven-speed S tronic with very short shift times. The lower gears are closely spaced for sporty response while the seventh gear is long to save fuel.
The driver can let the dual-clutch transmission do all the work in modes D and S, or can shift gears manually using the shift paddles on the standard RS multifunction steering wheel. In the dynamic mode of the Audi drive select dynamic handling system, each shift operation is accompanied by double-declutching. A launch control function provides full-throttle acceleration from a standing start.
The taut RS sport suspension on the new Audi RS Q3 performance translates the dynamics of the powerful engine particularly well and lowers the body by 20 millimeters (0.8 in) compared with the Audi Q3.
RS-typical design details, such as the sportily designed bumpers with large air inlets up front, the gloss black honeycomb grilles, the rear bumper with sculpted diffuser insert and the RS exhaust system with its large oval tailpipe underscore the sporty character of the Audi RS Q3