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Audi will be giving us three world premieres on Monday at the Auto China car show in Beijing, unveiling the RS Q3 concept(shown above), another car based on the Audi Q3 and a technology platform for an Audi A6 L.
The Chinese market has embraced the long wheelbase in recent years, and automakers have been accommodating by building new long wheelbase models to be made available only for the Chinese market. The A6 L technology platform is meant to capitalize on this growing interest in long wheelbase vehicles, and the surge in luxury car sales in China.
The Audi RS Q3 concept is a 360 hp turbocharged version of Audi’s Q3 small SUV. It is also outfitted with a new meaner look to match its upgraded power. While the RS Q3 is still only a concept, it looks production ready and would have very little competition in the small sports performance SUV segment.
The other Q3 based vehicle is a mystery, but based on its Chinese debut, it may be some sort of Chinese only special edition. We will have to wait and see.
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Revealed ahead of its 2012 Auto China in Beijing debut is the Audi RS Q3 Concept boasting 360-hp from the same 2.5-liter TFSI engine that powers the TT-RS.
The German automaker’s Q3 concept has one goal: “It interprets the character of the compact SUV in a very special way – systematically dynamic.” The RS Q3 has been lowered almost an inch and widened, showing off the potential of the Q3 in an all new fashion.
The matte Ordos Blue finish on the exterior has been contrasted with brushed and polished aluminum trim frames while the single-frame black radiator grille undoubtedly resembles Audi styling. But it’s not your run-of-the-mill Q3 grille; Audi has slightly offset they honeycombs to give it a unique, three-dimensional effect. The headlights are slightly tinted while the carbon-fiber mirror covers are a nice touch.
The more aggressive front bumper sports carbon fiber components, including the front lip. The rear gets a similar tinted treatment on the taillights while the diffuser houses two large elliptical exhaust tips, typical of the RS style.
On the inside, the black and blue theme continues with plenty of carbon fiber and Fine Nappa leather. Dark blue Alcantara was used on the seats to contrast the rest of the black leather throughout the interior.
Most interesting is the 2.5-liter five-cylinder powerplant that boasts 360-hp thanks to a turbocharger. According to Audi, the RS Q3 hits 62-mph in just 5.2 seconds, very impressive for a compact SUV. Mated to a seven-speed S tronic transmission, the 2.5-liter TFSI powerplant also features Audi’s coveted quattro permanent all-wheel drive. Rounding off the concept is a set of 20-inch wheels paired to 255/30/20 tires.
This is definitely one of those concepts we hope Audi makes a reality – a high-performance compact SUV certainly has a place in this world.