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2013-09-09 10:15

COMING SOON! Audi's first SUV to get RS badging, the RS Q3, along with the beastly RS 7 Sportback, will land in SA in January 2014. Image: Newspress


Britain got a new prince, the world got a new Audi ubersedan - the 300km/h+ RS 7 Sportback, launched in the automaker's home town of Neckarsulm in south-west Germany. Wheels24 was there for the world launch...

The new Audi RS Q3, along with the recently launched RS 7 Sportback, will expand the Audi family to eight when they reach South Africa n January 2014.

FRANKFURT, Germany - The Audi RS line-up now includes eight models - the TT RS, TT RS Roadster, RS Q3, RS 4 Avant, RS 5 Coupe, RS 5 Cabriolet, RS 6 Avant and RS 7 Sportback.


The automaker says the line-up with six body styles with a Coupe, Roadster, Cabriolet, Sportback, Avant and SUV, has one clear goal:  "to deliver breathtaking performance without compromising everyday all-weather usability".

Audi RS Q3 image gallery

Audi says the AWD RS Q3 is powered by 2.5-litre, five-cylinder TFSI petrol engine pushing out 228kW/420Nm. It does 0-100km/h in 5.5sec with a governed top speed of 250km/h, combined fuel consumption of 8.8 litres/100km and CO2 emissions of 206g/km.

Wheels24’s LES STEHENSON attended the international launch of the RS 7 Sportback in Ingolstadt earlier in 2013. That beastly machine is powered by a V8 biturbo petrol engine with cylinder-on-demand technology.  It rockets to 100km/h in 3.9sec, has a combined fuel consumption of 9.8 litres/100km and also has a top speed governed at 250km/h which can be released to 305km/h on demand.

The RS Q3 is the automaker’s first SUV to don the RS badge. It’s already available to order in the UK at the equivalent of  R675 500. The RS 7 Sportback can also be ordered there at the equivalent of R1.3-million and will be available at the same time as in South Africa (they also drive on the left).


The RS Q3 has stop/start system, electric parking brake and hill-hold, and a regulated oil pump that only supplies lubricant when needed. Audi says: “Electro-mechanical rack-and-pinion steering provides quick and accurate turn-in and ventilated disc brakes provide progressive and steady stopping power.” Those at the front, a wave design, are 36.5cm in diameter and gripped by eight-piston calipers painted black with RS logos.

The automaker also says the SUV has 20” twin-spoked alloy rims, RS-specific body detailing including a high-gloss black honeycomb grille and bumpers, a special front treatment including a quattro emblem in the air intake and a distinctive rear diffuser insert flanked by large tailpipes. The roof spoiler, roof rails are matt aluminium and there are special door sill plates and door trim strips.

The instrument cluster has grey gauges with white scales and red needles, the heatable  front leather sports seats have RS Q3 logos, there's a flat-bottomed RS multi-function sports steering-wheel with contrasting rock grey stitching. aluminium race inlays and bright aluminium pedals and the driver’s information system includes boost pressure, oil temperature and lap timer modes.

Other niceties include park-assist plus, light and auto wipers, a sound system with 10 speakers, xenon-plus headlights with diode daytime running lights and diode tail lights which have a dark-red tint when unlit.

Boot space is 356 litres with the rear seats in place and a whopping 1261 with the rear seats folded.

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