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    • Audi reveals their amazing 360 horsepower RS Q3 concept - We beg you Audi, please build it!

      We had high hopes Audi would do an RS version of the Q3 and with this concept it seems there is a chance of it becoming reality. The Q3 is the perfect performance SUV platform for several reasons the most obvious of which is its comparatively low curb weight. In the 3500 pound range this would literally run circles around the 5300 pound X5 M and ML63 AMG. The engine is the same potent 2.5 liter inline-5 out of the TT-RS with 360 horsepower. We have already seen that motor putting out over 500 horsepower to the wheels with some tuning work.

      Audi, this Q3 looks amazing. With the turbocharged inline-5 and low curb weight this would re-define what a performance SUV could (and should) be. Build it, please, build it. Do not tease us with something this awesome. On behalf of all performance enthusiasts, we need this. BMW and Mercedes would have no answer for such a vehicle. Come on Audi, we are tired of being teased. Give us the goods!


















































      At Auto China 2012 in Beijing, Audi is presenting a themed vehicle based on the Q3 the RS Q3 concept. It interprets the character of the compact SUV in a very special way systematically dynamic.

      The blue painted Audi RS Q3 concept is a vehicle based on the theme of thrilling dynamic performance. Its engine, a 2.5 TFSI with 265 kW (360 hp) of power, and its body lowered about 25 mm (0.98 inches) and widened with sharp visual details explore the potential of the Q3 model series in a new way.

      Brushed and polished aluminum trim frames the Audi RS Q3 concept's single-frame radiator grille. Its black grille insert exhibits a new geometry the honeycombs are slightly offset to one another deeper inside, creating a distinct three-dimensional effect. The lower area of the grille integrates another sculpted feature a silver quattro signature. The headlights are slightly tinted; inside them, some chrome parts are dark or covered by panels of carbon fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP).

      The bumper was redesigned; there are now powerful edges around the outer air intakes. They are subdivided into two segments the inner sections have honeycomb screen inserts, while their outer sections, made of CFRP, have a smooth funnel shape. The front spoiler is also made of CFRP. Its lower section is matt black. The entire lower section of the bumper is coated with blue clearcoat paint.

      The same combination of black and blue tinted areas is repeated on the sides of the Audi RS Q3 concept on the trim strips of the doors and sills and on the add-on parts of the wheel housings. The door mirror housings consist of black CFRP, while matt aluminum trim frames the side windows. The roof spoiler runs a long way towards the rear; its middle section has been slightly shortened compared to its outer sections. It is painted in the body color Ordos Blue a matt blue with a slight yellow tint.

      At the rear, the lower bumper section has a sporty and angular style. The diffuser insert, which integrates the two large elliptical tailpipes in typical RS look, has been shifted far upward. Here too, Audi designers chose a combination of blue clearcoat and black CFRP. The rear lights and auxiliary lights in the bumper are tinted in anthracite and are made of clear glass.

      Blue and black: the interior
      In the interior of the Audi RS Q3 concept, which gets plenty of light through a glass sunroof, cool black is the dominant color on the roofliner, floor carpet, floor mats, leather-upholstered instrument panel and on large areas of the seat upholstery, which consists of Fine Nappa leather. Dark blue Alcantara is used as a contrasting element on the seat covers.

      The contrasting blue color is used in an inventive way in the CFRP decorative panels the panel material was produced by weaving brilliant blue luminescent glass fibers into it. The steering wheel has large control stalks made of CFRP, which are framed by aluminum accents. Most of the wheel is covered with black Velvet leather a leather that gives the hands a secure grip and repels dirt very well. In the door trim panels, there are surfaces in blue Alcantara.

      The inside door handle has a perforated lightweight construction look as in every RS model. In the tachometer, Chinese characters replace the usual Arabic numerals. RS Q3 badges adorn the instrument cluster, the seatbacks, door sill plates and floor mats.

      The styling of the engine compartment is also extremely sporty in appearance. A layered-carbon trim panel covers the area around the five-cylinder engine that sports a red valve cover, and two laterally arranged ventilation screens feed air to the engine. As is the practice in car racing, the cylinder numbers are marked on their spark plug covers. An aluminum housing holds the open sports air filter, and the filtered air tube is made of stainless steel.

      Powerful: the drivetrain
      The extremely powerful 2.5 TFSI in the RS Q3 concept combines two classic Audi technologies gasoline direct injection and turbocharging. From 2,480 cc of engine displacement, it generates 265 kW (360 hp) of power. The car catapults itself from zero to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 5.2 seconds, and its propulsive force takes it to a top speed of 265 km/h (164.66 mph).

      A seven-speed S tronic transfers the forces of the sonorous 2.5 TFSI to the quattro permanent all-wheel drive. Generally, it directs these forces almost exclusively to the front wheels. When slip is detected there, it can redistribute forces to the rear axle via a hydraulic multi-plate clutch with electronic control instantaneously and variably.

      The alloy wheels of the Audi RS Q3 concept continue the dynamic RS Q styling and have the dimensions 8.5 J x 20. The front surfaces are high-gloss, while the sides are sandblasted. The tire size of 255/30 is not exactly typical for an SUV, but certainly for an RS model.

      This article was originally published in forum thread: Audi reveals their amazing 360 horsepower RS Q3 concept - We beg you Audi, please build it! started by Sticky View original post
      Comments 9 Comments
      1. Remonster's Avatar
        Remonster -
        This would clearly be an X3 M competitor, I don't know why you're bringing up the X5 M. The RS Q3 is amazing, though, and I do hope they build it. The interior is especially awesome. I just think Q3 RS would have been a much better name, it follows their typical naming conventions more closely (TT RS) and sounds much less awkward than RS Q3 but it hardly matters.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Remonster Click here to enlarge
        This would clearly be an X3 M competitor, I don't know why you're bringing up the X5 M.
        Because there is no X3 M concept or even definitive information that it will come.

        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Remonster Click here to enlarge
        I just think Q3 RS would have been a much better name, it follows their typical naming conventions more closely (TT RS) and sounds much less awkward than RS Q3 but it hardly matters.
        Agreed, Q3 RS makes more sense.
      1. Sorena's Avatar
        Sorena -
        What's up with the tachometer?
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Remonester Click here to enlarge
        This would clearly be an X3 M competitor
        Not exactly. a X1 M would be the competitor.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Would bmw really do an X1 M?
      1. Sorena's Avatar
        Sorena -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        Would bmw really do an X1 M?
        Why not? Regular X1's are selling well, and demand for a top model is higher than saying a X5 M. Plus they don't really have to do much, X1 35i already has a N55 in it. All they have to do is raising the boost and tweak the suspension/breaks/wheels and tires.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sorena Click here to enlarge
        All they have to do is raising the boost and tweak the suspension/breaks/wheels and tires.
        You have no idea how much this infuriates me.
      1. Sorena's Avatar
        Sorena -
        That's what BMW has been doing recently. M135i followed the same route, and so as the upcoming M335i.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        And this is why M is no longer M.
      1. Remonster's Avatar
        Remonster -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sorena Click here to enlarge
        That's what BMW has been doing recently. M135i followed the same route, and so as the upcoming M335i.
        Yeah, sure...as long as "tweak the suspension" includes unique spring and damper rates, unique bushings and mechanical power steering because these are all things that differentiate the M Performance cars from the standard cars (and from the full M cars which have even more sporty bushings, springs, etc.) they've even hinted that the M Performance cars have different control arms from the standard cars, but I'm not sure I may have just misinterpreted their press release.

        Also, based on the current rumors there will be an X3 M but not necessarily an X1 M, though we will see an X1 M35i.