The new Audi RS Q3 and the Audi RS Q3 Sportback share numerous RS design features while also each illustrating their unique character through many details. With its coupé-like roof line that slopes downward toward the rear, the RS Q3 Sportback is 45 millimeters (1.8 in) lower than the RS Q3. The rising shoulder line of the Sportback runs lower than that of its sister model and thus also lowers the body’s optical focus. This makes the wheels appear even larger and the SUV Coupé seem a little more muscular.
The new generation of the Audi RS Q3 comes for the first time with a dual-branch RS exhaust system with large oval tailpipes on both sides. This exhaust system sits in an RS-specific bumper with rear diffuser and horizontal blades.
The new Audi RS Q3 and Audi RS Q3 Sportback are fitted with the powerful five-cylinder 2.5 TFSI. It now draws just over 17 percent more power from 2,480 cc of displacement with 294 kW than in the preceding generation of the RS Q3. Its maximum torque of 480 Nm is available between 1,950 and 5,850 rpm. The RS Q3 and RS Q3 Sportback sprint from zero to 100 km/h in just 4.5 seconds. Their top speed is regulated at 250 km/h or an optional 280 km/h
Upon request, the RS sport suspension is available with Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC), whose sensors measure the sprung mass vibrations of the body and counteract rolling motions of the body when driving through curves at high speed and during load changes.
The dynamic handling system Audi drive select influences not only the suspension, but also the quattro drive, the steering, the S tronic, the engine characteristics, and the sound, for example. Depending on the selected equipment, there is a choice of five or six drive modes:
comfort, auto, dynamic, efficiency, and individual or, as an alternative to the individual mode, the two new RS-specific modes RS1 and RS2.
The RS-tuned progressive steering also conveys close contact with the road even on fast curves. Behind the standard 20-inch or optional 21-inch wheels, the all-new six-piston RS steel brake system works with ventilated and perforated disks measuring 375 millimeters in the front and 310 millimeters in the rear.
A driving experience and performance values typical for a sports car combined with all the comfort-related advantages of a compact SUV, made possible by the overall concept of the RS Q3: The compact powerhouses are designed as full-fledged five-seaters and while being extremely sporty, they also offer great everyday usability
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