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Hot Audi RS Q3 to debut in Geneva
The performance SUV’s RS specific sports suspension lowers the RS Q3’s ride height by 25mm over that of the standard Q3 for lesser body roll but not at the cost of ride comfort, states Audi. When it comes to handling, the Audi RS Q3’s elctromechanical rack and pinion steering provides quick and accurate turn-ins.
Stopping power comes from perforated 365mm front discs that have a wave design with wave-shaped outer contours, that shaves off approximately one kg of weight at the front wheels. The discs are gripped by eight-piston calipers painted black with RS logos.
Ofcourse, Audi has worked as hard on cosmetically enhancing the RS Q3 as much as it has worked on its performance enhancement. As a result, the Audi RS Q3's RS-specific body detailing that includes a high-gloss black honeycomb front grille, RS bumpers, a quattro emblem in the air intake, roof rails, a rear spoiler, a distinctive rear diffuser and large elliptical tailpipes.
Inside, black headlining is standard, with lunar silver headlining available as an option, in contrast the pedals and foot support are finished in bright aluminium. The standard inlays are piano black, but aluminium race or carbon inlays designed by quattro GmbH are available also as options. Contrasting stitching in rock grey trims the three-spoke multifunction steering wheel and gear selector. The MMI and driver information system displays welcome the driver with the RS logo. Drivers can also call up the boost pressure, oil temperature and a lap timer via the RS menu in the driver information system. The instrument cluster has grey gauges with white scales and red needles to denote the vehicle's sporty appeal in a clear manner.
The infotainment system features a modular component system that offers a wide range of options and including internet connectivity with Audi connect along with a hard drive based satellite navigation system. There is also a 465 watt Bose stereo available as an optional extra.
Expected to go on sale in summer of 2013 in the UK, the new Audi RS Q3 will be available in eight shades including a new Sepang Blue pearl effect shade.
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