Specifications and pricing for the Audi RS Q3 and Audi RS Q3 Sportback have been announced ahead of the vehicle's introduction in the 2nd quarter of 2021.
The Audi RS Q3 range is due to hit showrooms in the 2nd quarter of 2021 and pricing has been announced ahead of the duo's arrival. The key difference between the standard RS Q3 and its Sportback sibling is the body style. The former is a typical SUV shape, while the Sportback adopts the striking SUV-coupe look with a sloping roof line.
You'll be able to separate these flagship RS offerings over their lesser derivatives thanks to huge honeycomb grilles, large wheels, RS badging, and large oval exhaust tips.
As far as rivals go, the Audi RS Q3 is a rival to the Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 S. BMW doesn't have a direct rival as the X2 M35i doesn't quite have the power outputs to match its German compatriots.
Inside, you can expect the latest iteration of Audi cabins complete with the haptic feedback touchscreen infotainment system and Audi's Virtual Cockpit digital dashboard.
Power comes from the turbocharged 2.5-litre 5-cylinder motor that we've experienced a few times in various RS3 versions, but in this application, power and torque are rated at 294 kW and 480 Nm. Audi says its sporty duo is good for 0-100 kph in just 4.5 seconds. Power is sent to all 4 wheels via a 7-speed S-Tronic dual-clutch transmission. The delicious 5-cylinder soundtrack can be enhanced through an optional RS exhaust.
The standard features list looks comprehensive, with Matrix LED headlights; comfort key; 21-inch wheels; RS sports seats; RS sports exhaust; fine Nappa leather with honeycomb stitching upholstery; Audi virtual cockpit plus; MMI navigation plus; lane departure warning; Bang and Olufsen premium sound system with 3D sound; progressive steering; rear view camera system; Audi drive select; and the Audi smartphone interface all fitted.
Audi RS Q3 Price in South Africa (February 2021)
The Audi RS Q3 hits dealers from the 1st of April 2021 and is priced as follows (inclusive of all taxes) and comes standard with a five year Audi Freeway Plan.
Audi RS Q3 R1 094 000
Audi RS Q3 Sportback R1 128 000