Audi has revealed a new compact SUV flagship with 362 hp and 343 lb-ft of
torque that slots above the RS Q3.
Joining RS 6 and RS 7 performance variants in the new wave of models positioned above 'standard' RS equivalents, the 2016 Audi RS Q3 performance uses an increased 362 hp output to deliver better acceleration on the ascent to an elevated 167 mph top speed, and features equipment enhancements which also distance it visually from its namesake.
Deliveries of the Audi RS Q3 performance are scheduled to begin in the second quarter of 2016.
RS Q3 Performance' Exterior and Interior Design
The exterior design with its typical RS design details underscores the distinctive appearance of the Audi high-performance models. These include the purposefully styled bumpers with large air inlets up front, the heavily profiled diffuser insert at the rear and the gloss black honeycomb grilles.
The exterior of the 2016 Audi RS Q3 performance is also distinguishable from the 'standard' RS Q3 through additional matt titanium-look detailing applied to the frame of the air inlet duct, the Singleframe grille, the lateral flaps in the air inlets, the trim strips at the side windows, the exterior mirror housings, the roof rails, the upper edge of the diffuser and the fins of the roof edge spoiler. To maximize the differentiation, the new paint finish Ascari blue metallic is also exclusively available as an option for the RS Q3 performance.
RS-specific 20-inch 'performance exclusive' alloy wheels with a matt titanium finish which complements the exterior detailing are standard, and red calipers bearing the RS logo are visible within them. These are also available in black at no extra charge.
The dynamic line of the exterior design is echoed in the interior. The dial instruments feature grey faces, white dials and red needles. Sports seats finished in Alcantara and leather with honeycomb stitching in blue are standard for UK models, and the blue accents are also applied to elements such as the RS sport leather steering wheel, the selector lever gaiter, the center armrest and the floor mats. Inlays in carbon twill blue, in which a blue thread is woven into the carbon material, continue the theme into the dashboard and door mouldings.
Equipment levels befit the RS badge, and externally include all-LED headlights with LED daytime running lights and tail lights, privacy glass, powered tailgate operation and the Audi advanced key system affording keyless entry and starting. Inside, features such as front seat heating, the Audi Music Interface channeled through the 180-watt Audi Sound System, satellite navigation and front and rear parking sensors ensure that the prodigious performance is delivered as comfortably and conveniently as Audi drivers rightfully expect.