New Audi RS Q3 per­for­mance ar­rives in Kuwait

New com­pact SUV on dis­play at Audi’s Fouad Al­ghanim and Sons Au­to­mo­tive Co showroom

Kuwait Times - - BUSINESS -

Fouad Al­ghanim & Sons Au­to­mo­tive Com­pany, the ex­clu­sive dealer of Audi in Kuwait, has wel­comed the new RS Q3 per­for­mance com­pact SUV to its range of ve­hi­cles.

The premium brand is hon­ing its sporty pro­file with new RS per­for­mance models. The “per­for­mance” in the name stands for both sig­nif­i­cant power boost and ex­clu­sive equip­ment that clearly el­e­vates the re­spec­tive models above the rest of the port­fo­lio. This also ap­plies to the new RS Q3 per­for­mance, whos pulse is driven by the leg­endary Audi five­cylin­der en­gine. Since 2010, an in­ter­na­tional panel of au­to­mo­tive jour­nal­ists has named the 2.5 TFSI “In­ter­na­tional En­gine of the Year” in its cat­e­gory six years in a row. With its pulling power, free-revving char­ac­ter and inim­itable sound, goose­bumps are guar­an­teed. Com­pared with the RS Q3, Audi has bumped up the out­put of the 2.5 TFSI en­gine for the per­for­mance model, with ad­di­tional 27 hp.

Com­ment­ing on the launch, Tarek Al Shafie, Gen­eral Man­ager of Fouad Al­ghanim and Sons Au­to­mo­tive Com­pany, said: “Out­per­form­ing other com­pact SUV’s, the new Audi RS Q3 per­for­mance de­liv­ers more power, and a dy­namic ride, pro­vid­ing an ex­pe­ri­ence like no other. Reach­ing top speeds of 270 km/h, with 0 to 100 in 4.4 sec­onds, driv­ers will be sure to en­joy ev­ery as­pect of its 2.5 litre, five-cylin­der en­gine, and other dy­namic fea­tures, el­e­vat­ing the Audi jour­ney.”

The stan­dard seven-speed S tronic has also been rig­or­ously tuned for sporti­ness. The driver can ei­ther al­low the ex­tremely fast­shift­ing dual-clutch trans­mis­sion to do all the work or change gears man­u­ally us­ing the shift pad­dles on the stan­dard RS mul­ti­func­tion steer­ing wheel. In the dy­namic mode of the Audi drive se­lect dy­namic han­dling sys­tem, each gear change is ac­com­pa­nied by dou­ble-de­clutch­ing.

The quat­tro per­ma­nent all-wheel drive smoothly de­liv­ers the en­gine’s power to the road via a hy­drauli­cally ac­tu­ated, elec­tron­i­cally con­trolled multi-plate clutch. Power is dis­trib­uted au­to­mat­i­cally be­tween the front and rear axles as needed, and even se­lec­tively to each wheel thanks to the net­worked Elec­tronic Sta­bi­liza­tion Con­trol (ESC). Fur­ther­more, the han­dling con­troller can be de­ac­ti­vated to ac­cess a re­tuned sport mode.

The taut RS sport sus­pen­sion on the Audi RS Q3 per­for­mance per­fectly trans­lates the dy­nam­ics of the pow­er­ful en­gine and low­ers the body by 20 mil­lime­ters com­pared with the Audi Q3. Audi of­fers the RS sport sus­pen­sion plus with damper con­trol as an op­tion. Its char­ac­ter­is­tic can be ad­justed be­tween the set­tings com­fort, auto and dy­namic via the Audi drive se­lect dy­namic han­dling sys­tem. Dis­tinc­tive ap­pear­ance The ex­te­rior de­sign with its typ­i­cal RS de­sign de­tails un­der­scores the dis­tinc­tive ap­pear­ance of the Audi high-per­for­mance models. These in­clude the sportily de­signed bumpers with large air in­lets up front and the heav­ily pro­filed dif­fuser insert at the rear and the gloss black honeycomb grilles.

The ex­te­rior of the RS Q3 per­for­mance is also char­ac­ter­ized by add-on parts in a matt ti­ta­nium-look fin­ish that are ex­clu­sive to the new top model. The frame of the air in­let duct and the quat­tro logo within, for ex­am­ple, are fin­ished this way. Other parts fin­ished in matt ti­ta­nium-look are: The Sin­gle­frame, the lat­eral flaps in the air in­lets, the trim strips at the side win­dows, the ex­te­rior mir­ror hous­ings, the roof rails, the up­per edge of the dif­fuser and the fins of the roof edge spoiler. On top of that, Audi also of­fers the new paint fin­ish As­cari blue metal­lic - an­other fea­ture ex­clu­sive to the new RS per­for­mance models.

An­other high­light are the RS-spe­cific, 20 inch wheels in a five twin-spoke V de­sign. They are avail­able ex­clu­sively for the RS per­for­mance model in a matt ti­ta­nium-look fin­ish, match­ing the stan­dard add-on parts in this same fin­ish. The RS Q3 per­for­mance comes stan­dard with red calipers bear­ing the RS logo. Audi also of­fers the calipers in black at no ex­tra charge.

The dy­namic line of the ex­te­rior de­sign is echoed in the in­te­rior. The dial in­stru­ments fea­ture gray faces, white di­als and red nee­dles. Audi of­fers the sport seats in the color com­bi­na­tion black and blue with the op­tional RS per­for­mance de­sign pack­age at no ex­tra charge. Ad­di­tional el­e­ments, such as the RS sport leather steer­ing wheel, the se­lec­tor lever gaiter, the cen­ter arm­rest and the floor mats fea­ture blue con­trast stitch­ing. In­lays in car­bon twill blue, in which a blue thread is wo­ven into the car­bon ma­te­rial, round out this ex­clu­sive com­bi­na­tion.

The Audi RS Q3 Per­for­mance is ex­clu­sively avail­able at Fouad Al­ghanim & Sons Au­to­mo­tive Com­pany Audi showroom, opens Satur­day through Thurs­day from 9 am to 1 pm and 4.30 pm to 8.30pm.

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