Audi RS Q3 concept surfaces

Audi has released details and images of the much rumoured RS Q3 concept ahead of its world début at Auto China 2012 towards the end of this month.

Propelling this matte Ordos Blue SUV is the same turbocharged five-cylinder 2.5 TFSI unit as seen in Audi’s TT RS – developing 265 kW (360 hp). Delivering its power to the quattro all-wheel drive system via a seven-speed S tronic transmission, performance is brisk, with 100 km/h (62 mph) appearing in just in 5.2 seconds and a top speed of 265 km/h (165 mph).

Visually, the face wears that imposing brushed aluminium single-frame radiator grille with honeycomb mesh, slightly tinted headlights and capacious air intakes with smooth funnel-shaped outer sections constructed from CFRP (carbon fibre reinforced polymer). CFRP has also been used to construct the lower front spoiler, mirror casings, sills and slightly wider arch extensions. The rear gets a sportier tailgate spoiler, anthracite tinted lights, large diffuser insert and typical RS twin tailpipes, while the 8.5 x 20-inch alloys provide a more purposeful demeanor, accentuated by the 25 mm drop in ride height.

Moving inside, the cabin is upholstered in black Fine Nappa leather with contrasting blue stitching and Alcantara elements on the seats and door panels. Decorative CFRP panels with blue luminescent glass fibres are fitted to the centre console, dashboard and black Velvet leather-trimmed steering wheel, while, as a nod to the place of its unveiling, the dials’ usual Arabic numerals have made way for Chinese characters.

[Source: Audi]

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