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Driven in SA: Audi’s feisty RS Q3

7 2014 at 10:24am

RS Q3 is the sports of smallest Audi SUV, by a 2.5-litre, 228kW, five-cylinder

Cape Town — We spend spend a lot of time whether therev is any point to a sports SUV. After why create an all-terrain vehicle a high ground clearance, to give it hardened suspension and tyres that are no use off-road?

But as pointless as it arguably is, I couldn’t but enjoy driving Audi’s new RS Q3, the version of the brand’s smallest If there’s somebody out there looking for a slightly elevated position with minimal in roadholding, they could do

It’s the first Audi SUV to the hallowed high-performance badge, and with the RS-appropriate power and styling. In the engine bay is a 2.5-litre turbopetrol with 228kW and of mile-gulping grunt. It’s the power unit used in the TT RS and RS 3 and it launches the RS Q3 from 0-100km/h in 5.2 seconds and eventually on to a governed top speed, according to Audi.

Supplying the matching visual are a matte aluminium styling rear diffuser, large spoiler, 18” mags, and a hunkered-down stance thanks to RS suspension that lowers the by 25mm.

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Aluminium pedals, black and sports seats in black synthetic suede spice up the of the cabin, and enthusiast drivers can with an RS menu that boost pressure and a lap timer. spec includes a hard-drive navigation system and a 465-watt surround sound system.

the Audi drive-select system can influence the flap control for the system and the accelerator response. In the mode, throttle response is and the five-cylinder engine delivers a rasp.


Quattro drive maximises traction on dry or wet and during a spirited mountain-pass at the vehicle’s media launch week, the RS Q3 displayed very roadholding with minimal roll. The sports suspension and tyres sharpen handling delivering an uncomfortably bone-jarring as long as it’s a reasonably road (but don’t contemplate going off the tar).

Acceleration’s very zesty, and delivered very smoothly a seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch With the help of a start-stop the high-performance Q3 sips just 8.8 of fuel per 100 km, according to Audi. for R696 500. — Motoring

Aprilia RS 50
Aprilia RS 50
Aprilia RS 50
Aprilia RS 50

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