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Audi RS Q3 Sportback: you either love it … or you love it

A sports car that circulates between exclamations

FERNANDO LLAMAS

Madrid

Updated on Friday, July 9, 2021 – 19:47

There are many cars that attract attention on our roads, streets and squares. But few like this 400-horsepower Audi RS Q3 that gets to 100 in four and a half seconds.

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From the looks we go to the shouts of enthusiasm in the streets of any city in the Mediterranean. The younger population, especially, gapes watching this Audi sports car go by. It is clear that the color chosen for the ride contributes a lot to the screaming. But it is also that its line and its sound arouses an unexpected admiration. “How beautiful!”, Almost everyone expresses. “What a bomb!” Exclaim others. “I love him!” Yells a teenager who woos him along with his gang of friends.

Yes, the color chosen by the designers, the Green Kyalami, attract the young. But in this case we are also faced with a specimen that is not child’s play and that for performance it is at the level of the most competitive Audi. Keeping the SUV line, it is more stylish, more flirtatious, with the sides designed purely to arouse sporting passions. Everything that is not sheet metal achieves the best contrast with the black color: grille, logo, air intakes, mirrors and those brutal 21-inch wheels. Optional, of course.

The optics are not black, of course, they hide a matrix system of led lights that, this yes, comes standard. The small red detail of the RS emblem also breaks into the rear of the car, which behind the tailgate hides a rather generous boot. 530 liters.

The Audi RS Q3 Sportback Quattro measures 4.5 meters long, 1.85 wide and 1.55 high. From back to front, the rear bench is for three people, but the central square is not comfortable at all, so the RSQ3 is more suitable for four passengers. Mind you, the side seats are cushy and the head and legroom roomy enough to get you through the ride without contortionist habits.

From the front seats you could write a couple of books, but in this format it is better to give them a 10 because they hold well, they are comfortable and in this unit they can be adapted to each one thanks to memorize what your anatomy needsSo all you have to do is sit back and lean on those plush seat backs with rhomboid hexagon stitching and enjoy the ride … and the rest.

The rest: for example, a 12.3 inch instrument panel that offers a extensive settings menu, among them an elongated lap counter with the information of power and torque of each moment and some more that allows you display the navigation map on the entire screen. Everything you need to know at the push of a button on the steering wheel.

The dashboard is finished with materials that seem rougher than they really are and end up looking elegant, with the inscription Quattro in front of the passenger. The 10.1-inch central screen when with manual controls, classic buttons, which make things easier when choosing infotainment content. The screen is slightly tilted towards the driver and also somewhat low for a crossover in which it is not stuck to the asphalt and less with those tires.

In terms of performance, the Audi RS Q3 Sportback makes a significant qualitative leap with 400 horsepower and 480 Nm of torque that give it an impressive agility launched on the road. It is driven by a 2.5-liter turbocharged gasoline engine that manages the seven-speed automatic and sequential gearbox with manual shifts through the paddles attached to the sports steering wheel. To go from 0 to 100 km / h you only need 4.5 seconds.

It unfolds with complete ease and safety on any type of road. To adapt to them, it has four driving modes: Dynamic, to enjoy on twisty roads, Comfort –evidently more advisable for motorways, Car, to adapt to what you find, Efficiency, a more ‘economistic’ way, and the Individual, programmable. They act on the vital organs of driving, such as the suspensions, the steering or the response time under acceleration.

When stepping on the accelerator, almost in any of the modes but clearly more in the Dynamic, the car roars loudly and the traction hits the steering wheel immediately. However, it is almost impossible to lose control of this beast of the road even when the maximum performance is demanded. His attachment to the road is monumental.

The gasoline consumption approved by Audi is 9.8. In a mixed experience, but fundamentally with more than 600 kilometers of motorway, the instrument panel indicated a consumption of 9.5 liters, which again speaks quite well of this sports car whose homologated CO2 emissions are easily memorizable: 222 grams per kilometer.

The price to pay for this jewel of temperament, without the attachments that the test unit had, exceeds 75,500 euros. The options we have enjoyed during the test the investment rises by about eight thousand euros. And one thing is for sure: to be a very loved car and even loved by all.

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