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
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
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.
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