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Audi has released pictures of the RS Q3 Concept, that will be revealed to the world at the China 2012 motorshow in Beijing.
The concept hints that the power will be from the same 2.5 TFSI engine as the TTRS and the RS3, and will be driven from the quattro seven-speed S tronic transmission system.
The bumper was redesigned; there are now powerful edges around the outer air intakes. They are subdivided into two segments – the inner sections have honeycomb screen inserts, while their outer sections, made of Carbon Fibre, have a smooth funnel shape assume this is for the brakes. The front spoiler is also made of Carbon Fibre. Its lower section is matt black. The entire lower section of the bumper is coated with blue clearcoat paint.
In the interior of the Audi RS Q3 concept, which gets plenty of light through a glass sunroof, cool black is the dominant color – on the roofliner, floor carpet, floor mats, leather-upholstered instrument panel and on large areas of the seat upholstery, which consists of Fine Nappa leather. Dark blue Alcantara is used as a contrasting element on the seat covers.
The styling of the engine compartment is also extremely sporty in appearance. A layered-carbon trim panel covers the area around the five-cylinder engine that sports a red valve cover, and two laterally arranged ventilation screens feed air to the engine. As is the practice in car racing, the cylinder numbers are marked on their spark plug covers. An aluminum housing holds the open sports air filter, and the filtered air tube is made of stainless steel.
The car looks less outlandish than the usual concepts so we expect a production concept to be shown at Frankfurt later on in 2012 and rumoured to be available 2nd quarter 2013.
These are the very first nearly uncamouflaged spyshots of the RS families baby RS1.
But what the prototype is sporting under the hood is the big question.
After the Audi A1 Clubsport Quattro which had the 2.5 liter along with 496bhp and a whopping 660 NM of torque, We expect this varient to house the 2.0l TFSI with expected power output of around 280bhp.
The reason why we dont think the car is equipped with the 2.5 liter is the size of the brakes and the supporting disk rotors.