Audi are to show off their concept Audi RS Q3 at the Beijing motor show.
Audi RS Q3 concept is powered by a petrol 2.5-litre TFSI engine that combines direct petrol injection and turbocharging. The 2,480 cc unit produces 360PS which is enough to propel the RS Q3 from 0-62 mph in 5.2 seconds and then on to a top speed of 165 mph.
The RS Q3 features Audi’s quattro permanent all-wheel drive system which under normal conditions drives the front-wheels, when grip is lost it can instantly redistribute power to the rear axle via a hydraulic multi-plate clutch under electronic control.
The Audi RS Q3 concept is finished in a combination of Ordos Blue matt and blue ‘clearcoat' paint. It sits around 25mm lower than normal on 20-inch alloy wheels with high gloss outer surfaces and sandblasted innards. These are fitted with 255/30 section tyres, their unusually low profile serving as another reminder that this is as much an RS model as it is an SUV.
The styling treatment underlines this with classic RS hallmarks such as the honeycomb-style grille, deeper air intakes and side sills, a pronounced rear diffuser and large oval exhaust tailpipes. Lightweight carbon fibre-reinforced polymer (CFRP) is used for elements such as the front spoiler, sections of the air intakes, the door mirror housings and the headlight inserts.
On the inside black is the dominant colour which is offset by dark blue contrasting Alcantara sections within the Nappa leather-upholstered seats. This contrasting blue colour is also employed in the door trims and in decorative inlays produced by weaving brilliant blue luminescent glass fibres into CFRP. The steering wheel, finished in black Velvet leather, has large control stalks also made of CFRP, which are framed by aluminium accents.
The lightweight door handles will be familiar from other RS models, and RS badges adorn the instrument cluster, the seatbacks, door sill plates and floor mats.
Currently there aren’t any plans to put the Audi RS Q3 in to production, but if there is a demand we are sure Audi would bring RS Q3 to the UK.Published 18 April 2012