Ingolstadt, Germany - Audi’s iconic five-cylinder engine has lived to see another generation of RS Q3, and as an added bonus the second-generation performance SUV is also available in the new coupe-inspired Q3 Sportback bodystyle.
In line with the latest RS3 models, the RS Q3’s 2.5-litre turbocharged motor receives a significant upgrade, with maximum power now listed at 294kW, up from the previous model’s 270kW, while its peak torque figure of 480Nm is a 15Nm improvement.
Against the clock, both RS Q3 models are good for a 4.5-second 0-100km/h sprint according to Audi, while the top speed is limited to 250km/h, although customers can opt for a software upgrade that allows 280km/h. And if you want to hear that off-beat five-cylinder growl in all its glory, Audi offers an RS sport exhaust system as an option.
Incidentally, the new engine is 26kg lighter than the one it replaces, thanks largely to an aluminium crankcase, while significant friction reducing measures helped increase its outputs.
The SUV from planet Krypton - take a closer look at the new RS Q3: