It’s bad enough that the Audi RS Q3 isn’t offered in the U.S., but now the automaker is rubbing it in our faces with the RS Q3 Performance model.
Taking the already hot Audi RS Q3 crossover to another level, the RS Q3 Performance was revealed earlier this month, but there’s no indication the German automaker plans on bringing it to the U.S. anytime soon, if at all. It’s rather unfortunate considering how well the crossover segment does in the U.S., even for high-performance models. Hell, we’re getting a Hellcat-powered Jeep Grand Cherokee!
Nonetheless, maybe there’s hope if we all cry and beg to Audi that the RS Q3 is worthy of our shores. Here are five reasons why you should want the Audi RS Q3 Performance in the U.S.
It’s Faster Than These Cars to 62 MPH
With a zero-to-62 mph time of 4.4 seconds, the Audi RS Q3 Performance is hardly your everyday family hauler. In fact, you might be surprised to hear that it’s faster than some supercars. For example, the Audi R8 V8 coupe goes zero-to-60 in 4.4 seconds, while the Spyder variant does the sprint in 4.6 seconds. It’s also faster than the Lexus RC F (4.4 seconds), BMW M235i xDrive 94.4 seconds), Volkswagen Golf R (4.5 seconds) and the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT (4.8 seconds). To keep things fair, we only picked out vehicles that had official zero-to-60 times from automakers and considering Audi is showing off a zero-to-62 time, the high-performance crossover would easily sprint faster than all of these vehicles.
It has 367 HP and 343 LB-FT of Torque… in a Crossover!
Powered by a 2.5-liter turbocharged five-cylinder engine, the Audi RS Q3 Performance offers 367 horsepower and 343 pound-feet of torque. That’s 27 more ponies compared to the standard RS Q3. The engine is mated to a seven-speed S tronic transmission that “has been rigorously tuned for sportiness,” says Audi. Naturally, the crossover also features Audi’s famous quattro permanent all-wheel drive with power distributed automatically between the front and rear axles as needed.
It Would Get 27.4 MPG
Although it’s not available in the U.S., Audi claims that it returns the equivalent of 27.4 miles per gallon (8.6 liters per 100 km), making it respectably fuel efficient, despite all its power. This is despite coming from the factory with 20-inch wheels in a matte-titanium finish. It’s sort of like being able to have your cake and eating it too.
It Doesn’t Look Like a Boring Crossover
One of the most important reasons why the Audi RS Q3 Performance should come to the U.S. is that it doesn’t look like a boring crossover. Everything about the model from bumper to bumper screams performance, from its red calipers to aggressive styling. Compared to the standard RS Q3, it sits 0.8 inches closer to the ground, thanks to its RS suspension. Available as an option is the RS sport suspension plus that comes with damper control, letting the driver select from comfort, auto and dynamic. There’s matte-titanium finished parts throughout the exterior, providing the perfect contrast if you opt for the RS-exclusive Ascari blue metallic paint finish.
The U.S. Deserves More Than Just the Mercedes-Benz GLA45 AMG
They say variety is the spice of life and the high-performance crossover segment needs variety. Currently in the U.S., there are arguably just a handful of competitors in the market, with the Mercedes-AMG GLA45 and the Porsche Macan Turbo being the most noticeable ones. The AMG GLA45 is no slouch with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine providing 375 hp and a 4.3-second zero-to-60 time. The Porsche Macan Turbo takes things even further with 400 hp but its price tag of $77,050 including destination isn’t for everybody.
Come on Audi, you don’t want your German competitors hogging up all the U.S. shoppers now do you? Bring the Audi RS Q3 to the U.S. and we can all be happy.
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