2015 Audi RS Q3 Gets 340 HP and Fresh Looks

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Launch in 2013, the RS Q3 is the least popular model ever to wear the Rennsport badge. We are rather fond of it, especially because it's the only model of its kind to boast a 5-cylinder turbo engine with over 300 horsepower. For 2015 though, Audi is going to take the good and make it even better.
Technical details and some rather sexy press photos of the 2015 Audi RS Q3 have been released today. The highlight is a new 2.5 TFSI with more power that also complies with Euro 6 emissions regulations.

Its 2.5 liter, fivecylinder engine now produces 250 kW (340 hp) and 450 Nm (331.9 lbft) of torque. As a result of this boost in output, 0 to 100 km/h takes only 4.8 seconds, the exact same time as the GLA 45 AMG.

The RS Q3 has not only shaved 0.7s off its old time record, it's also more economical. Combined fuel consumption is now as low as 8.4 l/100km (28 mpg US), about 5% better than before.

Racing technology

The RS Q3 might look like a crossover, but it's packed with more racing tech than any S3. As standard, this model comes with a sevenspeed S tronic, which transfers the power to the quattro drivetrain via a new hydraulic multiplate clutch (5th generation). The exhaust system has an active flap that makes the sound even better, while the brakes are now waved, not perfectly circular, which makes them lighter. They are also gripped by no less than eight pistons per caliper.

Production of the new RS Q3 will begin in the first quarter of 2015 with prices expected to start at €56,600. LED headlights and a premium leather seat design will be standard equipment. Check out the Misano Red baby sports SUV in our photo gallery and tell us what you think.
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