The Audi RS Q3 is here

Available as both a compact SUV and SUV coupe, the new RS Q3 and RS Q3 Sportback deliver outstanding sports performance in a package that remains practical for the city and beyond.

Audi says the two impressive new sports-focused SUVs are perfectly suited to the New Zealand environment, offering outstanding performance, athletic design and everyday usability, and featuring a more powerful version of the manufacturer’s award-winning five-cylinder turbo engine.

Priced from $111,900 + ORCs, the new Audi RS Q3 and RS Q3 Sportback offer impressive dynamic abilities, including a 0-100km/h time of just 4.5 seconds. 

Audi New Zealand has launched two new powerful additions to the Q3 compact SUV range, the RS Q3 and the RS Q3 Sportback. The new five-cylinder turbo engine gives the Q3 range its most powerful vehicle yet, coupled with the lowest CO₂ emissions seen across the RS range. 

The 2.5 TFSI quattro engine producing 294kW of power and 480Nm of torque received the globally renowned ‘International Engine of the Year’ award last year. The RS Q3 and RS Q3 Sportback can both sprint from 0-100km/h in just 4.5 seconds, with power from the five-cylinder engine managed via a seven-speed S-tronic automatic gearbox. 

Thanks to trademark quattro permanent all-wheel drive, the RS Q3 and RS Q3 Sportback offer up maximum manoeuvrability in all conditions and, says Audi, are perfect for the wide variety of roads Kiwis find themselves navigating on.  

The standard RS sport suspension is 10mm lower than the Q3 and Q3 Sportback; this, matched with the RS-tuned progressive steering, creates close contact with the road, even on fast bends. Again, perfect for New Zealand conditions. The suspension provides optimum performance – low for hard bumps; high to brace the body during fast cornering or when braking and precise stability and agile handling matched with great comfort. 


“The Q3 has proved to be an extremely popular vehicle in our SUV portfolio, so we’re pleased to be able to offer both the RS and RS Sportback in this segment,” says Audi New Zealand General Manager, Dean Sheed. 

The RS Q3 is already a proven performer, now joined with the Sportback in an all-new coupe design. Both with appeal to customers who appreciate the sporty, design aesthetic. We’re looking forward to our customers being able to view and test drive these new vehicles and unleashing their dynamic performance.” 

The re-energised Audi RS Q3 and the new design of a Sportback in this model emphasis their performance credentials visually, as well as through the dynamic abilities of the engine and suspension. The RS bumper combined with the gloss black Singleframe grille gives the front end a dynamic appearance. The black grill is in gloss, with a three-dimensional honeycomb structure inset directly into the RS bumper with its large side inlets.  

The striking boomerang-shaped blades in the bumper are designed exclusively for the RS Q3. In contrast, the RS Q3 Sportback has a downward sloping coupe-like roof line, lowering the body’s optical centre of gravity, making the vehicle appear more muscular and the wheels larger. 

The RS Q3 Sportback appears even wider than its sister model from the back view, thanks to its low rear window and roof edge spoiler in gloss black. The low-slung roof line culminates is strong, flat sloping D-pillars. More obvious signs of the performance theme are visible in the dual-brand RS exhaust system with large oval tailpipes on both sides of chrome coloured trims. This exhaust system sits in an RS specific bumper with rear diffuser and horizontal blades in gloss black. LED headlights also come as standard, with Matrix LED headlights with dynamic indicators and RS-specific darkened trims available as an option. The rear lights also feature LED technology. 

The athletic design of the exterior is echoed in the car’s interior, conveying a generous sense of space, with the entire cockpit designed with the driver in mind. Both models are designed as fully fledged five-seater models. Special RS displays in the Audi virtual cockpit also provide information on tyre pressure, torque, power output, lap times, g-forces and acceleration measurements. 

For the first time in the Q3 family, fine Nappa leather with RS specific honeycomb pattern and integrated head restraints are available. There are two design packages available in New Zealand with a range of options, and for the first time the interior can be finished entirely in black. 

Both models come with Audi Cover as standard, which includes a 5 year/150,000kms warranty, Audi Roadside Assist and a three-year Audi Motoring Plan.  

The RS Q3 is priced from $111,900 + ORCs and the RS Q3 Sportback from $114,900 + ORCs. There are also a variety of optional extras, allowing prospective owners to fully customise the RS Q3 iteration of their choice. 

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