Audi's R3 QS first came to our attention as a concept back in April last year. At that time it seemed quite obvious that it was headed for production ... and it is. Audi will present the production version of the R3 QS at next month's Geneva International Motor Show.
Most of the details reported about the concept version have remained the same, but there have been some key changes to the performance estimates. The 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) has been raised from 5.2 seconds to 5.5, the horsepower in the final version is 310 hp (228 kW) compared to an estimated 360 hp (265 kW) the concept version and the top speed has dropped marginally hour to an electronically limited 155 mph (250 km/h).
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Audi has put the fuel economy for the new R3 QS at 26.73 mpg (8.8 l/100km).
As expected the R3 QS will have a 2.5 liter 5 cylinder engine, which is actually a modified version of the engine found in the TT RS and RS 3 Sportback. Its peak 310 hp (228 kW) is produced at between 5,200-6,700 rpm, and it pushes just under 310 lb-ft (420 Nm) of torque between 1,500 and 5,200 rpm .
The Audi RS Q3 comes with a seven speed transmission and Audi's well-regarded quattro all-wheel drive system, while the suspension has been lowered about an inch (25 mm). The internally ventilated and perforated brake discs feature a wave design that shaves about 2.20 lb (1 kg) at the front wheels. Nineteen-inch rims will come as standard with the option to upgrade to 20 inches on the higher-end trims.
The production R3 QS also gets a driver information system that provides details such as boost pressure, oil temperature, and a lap timer. There's also a full infotainment system with a hard-drive based navigation system and a surround system from Bose equipped with 14 speakers and up to 465 W of power.
Audi has revealed that the base price for the RS Q3 in Germany will be €54,600 (US$72,530) with deliveries beginning in the second half of 2013. No word as yet on when it might hit other markets.
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