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Hot Audi RS Q3 to debut in Geneva
Audi will be showcasing its all new performance variant of the Q3 compact luxury SUV at the upcoming 2013 Geneva Motor Show. At the heart of the new Audi RS Q3 is the company’s award winning five cylinder 2.5 litre TFSI petrol engine which with its 1-2-4-5-3 firing sequence produces that five-cylinder soundtrack of the quattros from the 1980s.
The engine in this case develops 310PS of power and 420Nm of torque and can power the Audi RS Q3 compact performance luxury SUV from 0-100 km/h in 5.5 seconds and onwards to an electronically limited top speed of 248 km/h.
In keeping with the times, the high performance direct injection turbocharged engine also comes fitted with a start/stop system along with a regulated oil pump that only supplies lubricant when needed for greater fuel efficiency.
The RS Q3 performance SUV is armed with Audi’s drive select adaptive dynamics that provides three driving modes, namely, auto, comfort and dynamic the last mode as stated sharpens throttle responses and opens flaps in the exhaust system for louder and more intense exhaust notes to contribute to the go faster experience.
As per Audi’s ‘RS’ tradition the RS Q3 is equipped with the company’s hallmark quattro four-wheel drive system with an electronic multi-plate clutch positioned on the rear axle for appropriate distribution of torque between the front and rear wheels when the going gets tricky. The Audi RS Q3 also comes fitted with adjustable stability control that can step in to prevent the vehicle from skidding, the ‘Sport’ mode allows a little bit of skid for enthusiastic driving. The system can also be turned off altogether.