Audi unveils performance-enhanced RS Q3 ahead of Beijing

Audi released details of the high-performance RS Q3 Concept crossover ahead of the upcoming 2012 Beijing Auto Show.

Audi has released the first images and details of the RS Q3 concept, their performance version of its Q3 compact crossover, just ahead of this years Beijing Auto Show. Audi wasted no time in confirming the RS Q3 concept will feature a 360 horsepower turbocharged engine that will make the concept a high-performance crossover.

Audi is calling the RS Q3 concept an “interpretation of a high-performance athlete with a 360-hp engine.” We will interpret that to mean the RS Q3 will deliver plenty of power to the wheels of the Audi RS Q3 to perform on dry roads better than your average grocery hauler.

The RS Q3 will be powered by a turbocharged 2.5-liter five-cylinder gasoline engine using the latest direct-injection technology and it’s coupled to a seven-speed S tronic gearbox. The 2.5-liter turbo will produce 360 horsepower and use Audi’s quattro permanent all-wheel drive to keep all that power going to four wheels. Audi claims 0-60 acceleration takes less than 5.2 seconds. The RS Q3 can reach a top speed of 165 mph. Now that will help you get those errands done quickly.

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