Audi South Africa now has the first RS model for the Q line-up - the RS Q3 - which claims to combine typical RS properties such as high performance and driving pleasure with lifestyle qualities and high utility value.And, of course, all-wheels drive.The car comes with a 2.5 TFSI engine, a turbo five-cylinder named “International Engine of the Year” in its class for three consecutive years since 2010 by an international jury of automotive specialists. From 2480cc comes 228kW from 5200-6700rpm and 420Nm from 1500-5200rpm - figures, Aud says, "unrivalled in its competitive field".FLAP CONTROLS"This five-cylinder is a special engine, beginning with its fundamental concept. It is familiar from the TT RS and RS 3 Sportback, modified for use in the Audi RS Q3," the automaker adds.GALLERY: Audi RS Q3Drivers can influence the flap control for the exhaust and the accelerator characteristics by choosing one of the modes: auto, comfort or dynamic, using the standard Audi drive select system. In dynamic mode, engine response is sharper and the engine sound more intense. The 2.5 TFSI accelerates the RS Q3 to 100km/h in 5.2 seconds – "the best performance value in this segment" - and top speed is electronically limited to 250km/h.The engine has a standard stop/start the first time; other efficiency measures among them a regulated oil pump which only pumps lubricant when needed, contribute to the car’s low average fuel consumption of 8.8 litres/100km, which equates to 206gCO2/ km.A seven-speed S tronic gearbox is standard. It was designed in a compact three-shaft configuration and its seventh gear has a long ratio to save on fuel. Drivers can choose between the Drive and Sport for automatic shifting of the dual clutch transmission or manual shifts using the shift paddles on the steering wheel or the selector lever.A "launch control" handles acceleration from standstill with maximum traction. BIG BRAKES, 19" ALLOYSThe heart of the quattro permanent all-wheel drive system is the hydraulically operated and electronically controlled multiplate clutch on the rear axle. It ensures proper distribution of torque between the front and rear axles. The Audi RS Q3 impresses with dynamic and stable handling without sacrificing comfort. The RS sports suspension lowers the body of the compact high-performance SUV by 25mm. In the RS Q3, the front internally ventilated and perforated brake discs have a wave design with wave-shaped outer contours, which saves about a kilogram at the front wheels. The discs have a diameter of 365mm gripped by eight-piston callipers painted black with RS logos. The Audi RS Q3 will be offered in South Africa with standard 19" alloy rims. In addition to its engine, the Audi RS Q3 also demonstrates its special status within the Q3 line-up with a number of visual highlights. RS-specific design details emphasise the confident look of the compact, high-performance SUV. They consist of body accents and roof rails in matt aluminium, special door-sill plates and door trim strips, a high-gloss black honeycomb front grille, RS front bumper and quattro emblem in the front air intake. A large roof spoiler, rear bumper with distinctive diffuser insert, large elliptical tailpipe and an RS Q3 logo accentuate the rear. At a length of 4410mm, the dynamic top model is 25mm longer than the Audi Q3 and weighs 1730kg. The car will also be offered with a matt-aluminium styling package.STANDARD INLAYSStyling features include flaps in the side air intakes, the trim on the diffuser and the fins on the roof spoiler. The sporty lines of the exterior are continued into the cabin. The instrument cluster has grey gauges with white scales and red pointers. Drivers can call up the boost pressure, oil temperature and lap timer via the RS menu in the driver information system.Along with the pedals, a foot support shines in aluminium look and the standard inlays are in piano black with black headlining as standard. Sport seats with embossed RS Q3 logos are also standard and are upholstered in black Alcantara leather. The cargo area has a base capacity of 356 litres, which can be increased to 1261 litres by folding the split rear seat-backs. A practical reversible loadliner is standard.In the infotainment area, the hard drive-based satnav is standard, along with Bose surround-sound containing 14 speakers and up to 465W.THE BITS... AND THE PRICE...The Audi RS Q3 is priced at R696 500, including all taxes and the standard five-year or 100 000km Audi Freeway Plan. It will be offered with the following standard equipment:• 18" cast aluminium wheels in five-arm design.• RS sport suspension.• Xenon plus including headlight cleaning system and LED rear lights.• Door sill trims with aluminium insert and RS Q3 logo.• Aluminium styling package with "quattro" logo.• RS-specific wave disc brake design.• Exterior mirror housings in matt aluminium.• Loading sill protector in stainless steel.• RS exhaust system.• Reversible load liner.Read more about the Audi RS 7 SportbackBack to main story.