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21 May 2012

Out of the Ordinary: Audi builds TT-powered RS Q3

Words by Hans Gerald Chua | Photos courtesy of Audi AG
Ingolstadt, Germany must be a very boring place to live in, because Audi has done it again. They've taken the taken the entrails from its mini-monster, the TT RS, and shoved it up the wazoo of their compact crossover, thus creating a mind-blowing 360 horsepower RS Q3. While it's still a concept, this should give the engineers at Audi a new toy to play with 'til it hits production... that is, if it ever does.
Painted in Ordus Blue, the vehicle's theme is purely based on thrilling dynamic performance - part crossover, part sports car. Its 360 horsepower 2.5L TFSI five-cylinder turbocharged engine is lifted right off the TT RS. With that much muscle under the hood, the RS Q3 can shoot itself from 0 to 100 km/h in just 5.2 seconds - or about 1.1 seconds slower than its engine's donor. Not bad for something that weighs 1,500 kg. 
It even has the same seven-speed S tronic dual clutch transmission from the TT, which allows it to reach a top speed of 265km/h. Too much to handle? Not to worry. The Quattro permanent all-wheel drive system and 20 inch wheels wrapped around its 255/30 tires give it enough support to go around bends.
Exploring the Q3's potentials, they've redesigned the front bumper by adding a new honeycomb grill insert and huge carbon fiber air intakes on either side to feed more air to the engine. There are now two large tail pipes that exit out the back, plus a diffuser that's a true trait of an RS. Its ground clearance is lowered by 1 inch to add to its aggressive stance. 
A combination of blue and black panels with hints carbon fiber adorn the interior of the RS Q3, while sport pedals and a D-shaped steering wheel give that ultimate racing feel for the driver. The front bucket seats are traditional for an RS and are covered with black fine nappa leather with blue alcantara to contrast the black-dominated interior. 
The standard production version of the Audi Q3 has yet to hit Philippine shores, but we're already lusting over its turbocharged twin brother. So while we're waiting for whether or not Audi will ever turn this concept into a reality, let’s just dream that one day, the Germans will come up with a 500 horsepower version that can stand up to the likes of Nissan's Juke-R.