The new-generation Audi RS Q3 and RS Q3 Sportback have been revealed ahead of an Australian arrival next year.
Starting with the numbers, both models are powered by a 2.5-litre five-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine developing 294kW of power and 480Nm of torque. It’s matched with a seven-speed S tronic transmission that sends power to the quattro all-wheel drive system.
Audi claims the 0-100km/h sprint can be completed in 4.5 seconds regardless of the body style, while the top speed is electronically-limited to 250km/h which can be raised to 280km/h by ticking the right options.
RS sport suspension, RS-tuned progressive steering and an all-new six-piston RS steel brake system featuring perforated discs measuring 375mm up front, with non-perforated 310mm discs in the rear are all included as standard. RS sport suspension plus with dynamic chassis control and RS front ceramic brakes are available as options.
Exterior highlights include a singleframe grille finished in gloss black with three-dimensional honeycomb structure, large side air inlets and boomerang-shaped blades in the bumper.
There is also a low rear window, roof edge spoiler in gloss black and a dual-branch RS exhaust system with large oval tailpipes on both sides and chrome-coloured trims at the back.
The RS Q3 Sportback also features a downward-sloping coupe-like roofline making it stand 45mm lower at 1557mm than the RS Q3.
Also standard are LED headlights and tail-lights with matrix LED headlights with dynamic indicators and RS-specific darkened trims available as an option. Eight paint colours will also be available including the RS-specific Kyalami green and Nardo grey.
Inside, the cabin features a driver-focused cockpit with MMI touch display, black leather and Alcantara sport seats with RS embossing and an RS sport leather flat-bottom steering wheel.
Full local specifications and pricing for the 2020 Audi RS Q3 and RS Q3 Sportback are expected to be announced closer to the launch in Australia during the second quarter of 2020.
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