This week we get behind the wheel of the Audi RS Q3 performance, the latest version of sport that has made this the SUV of the four rings. What is true is that since his arrival in 2011, the Audi Q3 has been indeed a gap between the crossovers compact premium. But even if it was a good product, the germans thought that they could still get a lot more performance. In this way came this model to market in 2013, becoming the first SUV with the initials RS.
In Audi found a few specimens with the S in his name already command respect for his sportsmanship. But the ‘Road’ will be a step further, being the most radical and irrational that we can find in the range. To make matters worse, this RS Q3 performance is one of the vehicles most powerful that is made in Spain. Like the rest of the range Q3, is assembled in the plant of SEAT in Martorell.
With a touch of distinction
there Will be a series of details that will help us to differentiate this Audi RS Q3 performance Q3 current. In the front we find a front bumper specific, which makes the SUV more aggressive. In it we see the grille Singleframe of large dimensions with the vents in black, which integrates the logo of the four rings, the tuition and the initials RS. Below we find an air intake with the inscription ‘quattro’ in contrast. At both sides of the stylized headlights that are the same as in Q3.
Although we could not leave without mention the details with effect of aluminium. Appear in many areas of the vehicle as, for example, around the grill or in the marked side air intakes. If we continue by the side of the RS Q3 performance also we will have mirrors, frames of the windows and the roof bars with this finish. In this view will highlight a few steps of wheel prominent that they have to house its enormous 20-inch wheels with design duotone.
At the back we find a new rear spoiler that demonstrates that we are before a Q3 any. If we continue down, the area of the gate and drivers rear are kept intact. However, in the lower area of the bumper is wider and ends in a prominent rear diffuser, that goes in the color black. At he integrated a exhaust outlet elliptical and of large size. Would not be bad to put a second exit in the other side, in the style of the RS 6 and RS 7.
Seen from the outside, the Audi RS Q3 performance imposes rather. It seems to have passed by the gym, because it shows a figure rather more muscular. Also more dynamic, and that seems to have been achieved by modifying slightly their dimensions. This SUV sporty is slightly longer (25 mm more) and also a little low (25 millimeters less) than a Q3. This is due to a new adjustment in the suspension, which throws away a bit of ground clearance in favor of a better performance on the road.
we will Continue to have space
Though his version more sporty and radical, we must not forget that we are in a Q3. This will result in a correct space inside, which will be in the middle of the C-SUV. The seats front two are sport seats, which are not too radical. They are very balanced, a a mid-point between sportiness and comfort that will pick us up properly in curves, in addition to not fatigarnos on long trips.
The rear seat will not be as spacious or comfortable. Although it is approved for five passengers will be more recommended for four adults. In the second row the squares sides are well-defined and are spacious, but the central is more narrow and elevated. Also to bother a little the tunnel transmission. As for the trunk, here there are no changes with respect to the rest of the range. Has a capacity of 356 litres, some forms very usable and the mouth of load to a good height. If you folded down the seats is in 1,261 in litres of capacity.
Cabin more restrained
on the outside the Audi RS Q3 attracts attention from all four sides. inside we will also have quite a few specific items, but it will be something more moderate. sports seats in white leather of our unit are very eye-catching, but also a magnet for stains. Carry embroidered the name of the model at the top. Another detail that shows us the magnitude of this issue are the moldings in carbon fiber that appear on the doors, dashboard and center console.
From the driving position you will also see some specific details. The sports steering wheel perforated leather is flattened on its underside and has printed the name of the model. If we raise the view we see instrumentation with watches in gray with the initials RS and the needles in red. Almost would go unnoticed if it were not for the detail that the speed dials up to 300 km/h. The crank aluminum closes the list of components sports.
What else will be the same that we find in other Q3. We talked about the multimedia system MMI Navigation Plus, that this case is handled from a 7-inch screen. The screen hides in the dash, although to discover we’ll have to do it manually. Not touch, its handling is done from the buttons that are below the air outlets. While we are up their use requires quite a lot of our attention, so you have to be careful until we get used to this system.
below we find a button to control other functions, and controls the air conditioning. Are more intuitive and they have some wheels that do not rotate, but come to a stop making a loud and addictive ‘click’. Although this RS Q3 performance is very well equipped, we note that it is a model that takes several years in the market, and that could use a renovation with technological elements such as the Virtual Cockpit. Where we cannot draw nor a drawback is in the quality materials and the good finish in general of the cockpit.
2.5 TFSI 367 HP + S Tronic
We will discover what is hidden under the hood of the Audi RS Q3 performance. It is an old acquaintance, the gasoline engine 2.5 TFSI, which also appears in the Audi RS3 Sportback or the new Audi TT RS. This five-cylinder turbo 2.5-liter has been increasing its power since its first incorporation in this model. It was launched with 310 HP, later increased to 340 HP and in this version performance it becomes to overcome to reach the 367 HP and 465 Nm of torque, the same as the RS3 Sportback.
This SUV sports uses only the automatic change S Tronic, dual-clutch with seven speeds. We also have by default the quattro, with multiplate clutch electronically controlled. This traction integral permanent type Haldex allows to distribute the torque between both axles in function of the needs of the vehicle. In normal conditions all the force goes to the front wheels, although that will vary.
With all this the Audi RS Q3 performance promises a performance of heart attack. Accelerates 0 to 100 km/h in 4.4 seconds, a figure at the height of a few sports and that greatly improves the 4.8 seconds that I did with 340 HP. If before, their maximum speed was limited to 250 km/h, it will now be capable of reaching 270 km/h. In addition to its consumption to do not fire too and approvals 8,4 l/100km and its CO2 emissions stood at 198 g/km
unleash the madness
After thoroughly review your data sheet, whatwho don’t have the urge to start it? Turn the key and delights us with a pleasant purr that comes out of the exhaust. We are strong emotions so that we start by testing the function Launch Control. The acceleration leaves us literally glued to the seat. The RS Q3 performance looks like a rocket about to leave the atmosphere. What is certain is that the sensations they leave are at the height of the privileged few, usually with a cylinder and a few horses more.
465 Nm of torque the delivery between 1.625 and the 5,500 revolutions, so that we will have a ‘kick’ constant and which extends almost up to 7,000 turns. We have not said it before, but we have put the gear shift lever in S position (Sport). In this way the idle goes up a little and a valve will make the sound of the exhaust is more audible and hoarse. Not to mention the way they are rushing the marches and the reductions fast give us a backfiring that takes us out a smile.
Because, first of all, the Audi RS Q3 performance is a vehicle to enjoy, the mere fact of riding in it will release the adrenaline. It has a dynamic outstanding that has surprised us given that it is a SUV. The Audi Drive Select allows us to change its behavior through the driving modes-Efficiency, Auto and Dynamic. We put this last to enjoy the mountain roads and you’ll notice as harden the suspension and steering and sharpens the throttle response.
In this way, we find a SUV with the effectiveness of a compact sports. Its cornering is very fast, with a lot of poise and inviting you to go more and more. The curves follow each other at breakneck speed, because with it we eat on the road. Although we have that to have a cold head, as its 1,700 kg of weight and his height leave us some rocking in the body. trend is something subviradora and therefore it is not very advisable to disconnect completely the aid on the open road.
Although this much power and performance they need something to control and to do this they are their sport brakes. The front wheels are wavy and have a set of eight piston calipers in red color. Their behaviour is exemplary, ease of titration and without symptoms of fatigue. On the other hand, the suspensions are one of the most outstanding elements of the Audi RS Q3 performance. Despite its firmness, which results in the proper poise of the SUV, there is nothing dry and will allow us to adapt to virtually all kinds of situations.
In this way, of having a genuine sport with change in Sport mode and the maximum torque at the wheel, we can move on to have an SUV more normal with the touch of a button. By selecting the Comfort, the change will become soft and more thrifty, while the suspensions will soften so that we do not back hurts every time we pass a speed hump. His versatility is exemplary, since it is more valid for sport driving, but also to do road trips.
During the week that we share with the RS Q3 performance, we also had time for a break, which was the main motorways and highways. What is certain is that surprise helpful which can be in these environments, and the convenience it offers. Rolling in the seventh to legal speeds, the revolutions are contained and we managed to record consumption located between 9-10 litres. Even though that by making it a more efficient driving, because the 367 HP have that drink and if we are more aggressive will be able to upload up to 15 litres.
After share our day-to-day with the Audi RS Q3 performance and enjoy all kinds of situations with it comes the time to leave. The first thing that we realize is that the decision of purchase of this vehicle will always be more passionate than visceral. It is a compact SUV with a focus very sporty and with a multitude of elements that demonstrate. But even so that has a base price of 70.350 euros will be a handicap to keep in mind.
it is True that it is a unique specimen and that can only be compared with the Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 4MATIC. The SUV sports the mark of the star will be its main competitor with its 381 HP and performance and price a bit below. In any case, the RS Q3 performance will stand out because of its dynamic behavior and their versatility in all kinds of situations. To finish to say that those who buy with the heart, this model will be a vehicle with a high dose of sportiness and with the will never erase the smile.
Equipment Audi RS Q3 performance
- 20-inch Wheels
- Headlamps with LED technology
- LED daytime running Lights
- light Sensor and rain
- Seats, front sport adjustable lumbar power
- Upholstery in Alcantara and leather
- LED ambient Lighting
- Browser MMI with FIS high resolution
- Audi Parking System Plus
- descent Control
Price Audi RS Q3 performance
|2.5 TFSI 367 HP||S Tronic||quattro||70.350 €|
the Opinion of the editor
- Benefits of infarction
- a Multitude of details sports
- Dynamic outstanding
- very high Price
- Square rear central fair
- high Consumption
Gallery of images of the Audi RS Q3 performance
Audi RS Q3