The Audi compact crossover segment just gets hotter with the addition of RS badged Q3. The blue RS Q3 shown in the images is the uptuned version of the Q3 compact crossover and is still in its concept form that will make an appearance at the upcoming Beijing Motor Show.
Created by Audi Quattro – hence the RS badge – is powered by a 2.5-litre TFSI engine, the same motor that powers the recently launched Audi TT RS. The five-cylinder engine can pump out as much as 360 bhp power, thanks to direct injection and turbocharging. Mated to the petrol motor is Audi’s glorious S-tronic seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, capable of pulling the compact crossover from 0 to 100 kmph in a time of 5.2 seconds. Running on all fours, the RS Q3 can do speeds over 260 kmph. The power is flowing to the front wheels, but incase of loss of traction, a hydraulic multi-plate clutch with electronic control sends the power to the rear wheels.
From the images, we can make out the slightly tinted headlights on the front, honeycomb grille, a restyled sweeping bumper and many carbon fibre trim materials, justifying the RS badge. The entire car also rides 25mm lower than the normal Q3, which puts a big question mark to its off-road ability. On the performance end, the RS Q3 sports upgraded brake package, and it now rides on 20-inch alloys.
The RS theme follows inside with special two-tone blue and black interior, visible on the seats, steering wheel and the pedals. The steering wheel features big, chunky buttons with carbon finish, and aluminum accents. Ergonomically, the steering wheel is covered with dirt-resistant, black Velvet leather. Other surfaces are covered in blue Alcantara.
From the pictures of the concept RS Q3, we can make out that a production variant may be on the roll soon. India is expecting the 2012 Audi Q3 in upcoming weeks, and the RS badge makes it production, we are likely to welcome it.