The first of Audiâ€™s Q models to sport the coveted RS badge has (officially) arrived in South Africa.
Powered by Audiâ€™s award-winning five-cylinder 2.5 TFSI producing 228kW from 5200 to 6700rpm and maximum torque of 420Nm between 1500 and 5200rpm.
The 2.5 TFSI propels the RS Q3 from 0 â€“ 100kph in 5.2 seconds before hurtling it to a top speed of 250kph. Audi claims average fuel consumption of 8.8 litres per 100km and CO2 emissions of 206g/km.
Using Audiâ€™s drive select system, drivers would be able to influence the exhaust system and accelerator characteristics for auto, comfort and dynamic modes. A seven-speed S tronic gearbox is standard, delivering power to the Quattro permanent all-wheel drive system. Employing an RS sports suspention, the RS Q3 is lower by 25mm than its regular siblings and â€“ in South Africa â€“ rides on 19-inch alloy wheels
Other differentiating features include: matt aluminium accents, special door sill plates, RS bumpers and a Quattro emblem for the front airdam. Inside the cabin, sport seats embossed with RS Q3 logos are standard, along with black Alcantara leather, MMI Navigation plus system and a Bose audio system.
The Audi RS Q3 costs R696Â 500, including all taxes and the standard five-year/100 000km Audi Freeway Plan.