The show stopping brands at the Geneva Motor Show are run by the super car makers like Ferrari and McLaren, but a lot of the public’s attention at the motor show has been directed to cars they can afford, like the new Audi RS Q3. This is Audi’s first attempt at a RS version of their SUV, which won’t be the fastest RS on the roads, but will be the most practical. This is a premium SUV with a turbocharged 2.5 litre engine that provides 310 hp and 420 Nm of torque. The 0 to 62 mph time is a more than respectable 5.5 seconds and the German marque have restricted the top speed to 155 mph. Another RS being shown is the RS7 Quattro. This premium four-door coupe is expected to compete with the likes of the Jaguar XJ and the Mercedes CLS when it hits show rooms.
Aside from the performance Audis, the manufacturer’s stand also shows visitors a range of alternative fuel cars. These aren’t the futuristic electric cars that rivals like Toyota with their i-Road and VW with their XL1 are showing, these are practical hatchbacks like the Audi A3 e-Tron hybrid that uses a 1.4 litre four-cylinder petrol combined with an electric engine to produce a top speed of 137 mph and a 0-62 mph time of less than 8 seconds. The e-Tron has a combined range of 608 miles and can run solely on electricity for 30 miles.
The Audi A3 Sportback g-Tron can go further than the hybrid e-Tron on one tank of fuel. It uses compressed natural gas to provide a range of 807 miles from its 1.4 litre turbocharged engine.
Of course, Audi couldn’t go to Geneva and leave the R8 behind, so an updated Audi R8 Spyder powered by the firm’s V10 took pride of place on their stand.