-The RS Q3 and its coupe sibling, the RS Q3 Sportback are powered by revised 2.5-litre five-cylinder.
-Expected to come to India as well.
Continuing with its RS model offensive, Audi has taken the wraps off the new RS Q3 and the RS Q3 Sportback. The pair are the third of the six RS reveals slated for 2019.
The RS crossover pair gets a revised turbo-petrol engine. The overhauled 2.5-litre five-cylinder makes 394bhp and 480Nm which is enough for a 0-100kmph time of 4.5 seconds and the electronically limited top speed of 250kmph. However, the customer can get rid of the limiter to attain a speed of 280kmph. The transmission is a seven-speed sending power to all four wheels.
The reworked power train gets a new aluminium crankcase which is now lighter by a whopping 18 kilograms. And the crankshaft is drilled hollow saving another kilogram. The RS customers can also opt for a Sport exhaust with a blacked-out tailpipe.
The RS pair sits 10mm lower than the standard version. They also get all the RS goodies like adaptive dampers, six-piston brake callipers and steel rotors with the option of upgrading to ceramic discs. In terms of appearance, there’s now an RS-specific grille upfront with a gloss black mesh finish. A larger air inlet and vertical blades alongside further lend it an aggressive look. At the back, there’s a spoiler and a large oval exhaust that screams performance. What’s more, apart from the standard 20-inch, the stylish 21-inch wheels are also available. The paint options include Kyalami Green and Nardo Grey. Audi will also replace the exterior's gloss black accents to an aluminium finish for a premium. The cabin is wrapped in Nappa leather with a mix of Alcantara. The contrasting finished interiors make the RS Q3 funkier and more youthful. The Virtual Cockpit is an optional feature though.
Sales are expected to commence later this year. We could also expect the pair to arrive in India once the new-gen Audi Q3 is launched in the country.