Audi has become expert at building a market niche and cramming it with multiple variants of the car it designed to create it – and its latest micro-niche stuffer is the Audi RSQ3.
Packing a retuned, 228kW/420Nm version of the 2.5-litre turbo five-cylinder engine found in the TTRS coupe, the Audi RSQ3 rockets from 0-100km/h in a claimed 5.5 seconds, yet Audi also says it delivers 8.8L/100km economy (for the combined cycle). (And for the record, that makes it four-tenths slower than the diesel-powered SQ5.)
The characteristically rorty in-line engine is matched with a seven-speed ‘S tronic’ dual-clutch gearbox, transferring power to all four wheels via the quattro system’s hydraulically operated, and electronically controlled, multi-plate clutch pack on the rear axle.
Suspension revisions include a specific RS damper tune and shorter springs, the latter lowering the car by 25mm. Brakes are also upgraded with big 365mm ventilated and slotted discs at the front, gripped by monster eight-piston calipers, and 310mm vented rotors at the rear. Standard rims are 19-inch alloys, with three 20-inch designs optionally available.
In typical RS fashion, external changes are relatively subtle for the Audi RSQ3, with side window trims, grille surround and roof rails finished in matt aluminium, RS door sill plates and trim strips added, as well as an RS front bumper with a quattro emblem incorporated in the front air intake. A roof spoiler, central diffuser, and an oversize, oval tailpipe differentiate the car from the rear.
Published: Wednesday, October 9, 2013