Audi RS Q3 and RS Q3 Sportback arrive in SA

Sporty Audi RS Q3 joined by the Sportback model as part of the all-new model launch

Reuben Van Niekerk
Audi RS Q3
RS Q3 Sportback

Audi have launched the new RS Q3 and an all-new derivative with the RS Q3 Sportback, now extending the compact SUV product range with two performance models. These two sport compacts offer outstanding performance, athletic design and maximum everyday usability.

The first Audi RS Q3 established its own distinct position in the performance market with the new generation and additional model, Audi aims to continue this success story in the compact high-performance SUV segment of the market. With the offering of the all-new Audi RS Q3 Sportback, a progressive SUV coupe crossover, Audi envisions to set a trend and leverage the full potential of the latest performance vehicle range.


Sporty exterior

Both models are synonymous with strength and outstanding performance and this is reflected in the design. The single frame grille with no colour-contrasting surround in the compact SUV creates and even sharper impression. The gloss black grille with three-dimensional honeycomb structure is inset deeper and directly into the RS bumper with its large side air inlets and striking boomerang-shaped blades in the front bumper which are designed exclusively for the RS Q3.


With its downward sloping coupe-like roofline, the RS Q3 Sportback is 45 millimetres lower than the RS Q3. The rising shoulder line on the Sportback is set further down than on the sister model, lowering the body’s optical centre of gravity. As such, the body appears even more muscular and the wheels larger. Both high-performance sports cars underscore their performance aspiration with pronounced muscles over the wheel arches, which have been flared by 10 millimetres.


A powerful rear design with low rear window and roof edge spoiler with RS-specific spoiler lip in body colour, the RS Q3 Sportback appears even wider than its sister model. The new generation of the RS Q3 comes for the first time with a standard, dual-branch RS sports exhaust system with large oval tailpipes on both sides housed in an RS-specific bumper with rear diffuser.


The drive

The five-cylinder 2.5 TFSI power plant, which has won the International Engine of the Year award nine times consecutively, ensures an appropriate power output of 294 kW and 480Nm. Coupled to a quattro all-wheel drive system and seven-speed S-tronic gearbox, this combination allows the RS Q3 to sprint from zero to 100km/h in just 4.5 seconds.


The Audi drive select dynamic handling system influences the Quattro drive and other components such as steering, suspension, S-tronic, engine characteristic and sound. Depending on the selected equipment variant, there is a choice of five or six modes.


Inside story

The athletic design of the exterior is echoed in the car’s interior. The emphasis on the horizontal lines conveys a generous sense of space. The air-conditioning control unit, the centre console and the MMI touch display are tilted toward the driver by ten degrees, always keeping the driver in mind.


The MMI touch display with its high-gloss black gloss look surround slots in seamlessly as another central element. With the standard Audi virtual cockpit plus, the driver has a larger display with shift light display that prompts the driver to upshift when the maximum engine speed is reached. Special RS displays in the Audi virtual cockpit plus also provides information on tyre pressure, torque, power output, lap times, g-forces and acceleration measurements.


RS Sport seats plus in fine Nappa leather with honeycomb stitching express the athletic character. Integrated head restraints are available for the first time in the Q3 family. Their contrasting stitching comes standard in gloss black and optionally in red or blue.

The standard RS sport leather steering wheel, flattened at the bottom, including newly designed shift paddles comes with multifunction buttons that allow the driver to control the two optional RS modes in the Audi drive select dynamic handling system.


Space and equipment

The new RS Q3 and RS Q3 Sportback are designed as fully fledged five-seater models and therefore offer maximum everyday usability. The rear seats can be moved fore-aft and their three way split backrests tilted in seven stages. The luggage compartment holds 530 litres and with the backrests folded down this is expanded to 1 400 or 1 525 litres respectively.


Pricing and availability

The RS Q3 and RS Q3 Sportback went on sale on the 1st of April.

Audi RS Q3 TFSI quattro

R1 094 000

Audi RS Q3 Sportback TFSI quattro

R1 128 000