As if applying a RS badge to a Q3 SUV wasn’t enough, Audi has now announced the RS Q3 performance.
This compact SUV will pack a further tuned version of its warbling 2.5-litre five-cylinder engine, producing 270kW and 465Nm when it goes on-sale later this year. Audi suggests a zero to 100km/h time of only 4.4sec and a ‘standard’ top speed of 270km/h.
Adding ‘performance’ to the RS Q3 performance name indicates ‘both a significant power boost and exclusive equipment,’ according to Aude.
The 20kW power increase has come about via improved engine cooling as well as an upgraded fuel pump. Peak torque is on-tap from 1625-5500rpm.
Of course, seven-speed S ironic and quattro all-wheel drive are standard fare. Set to dynamic mode the gearbox ‘double-declutches’, giving a juicy blip on the downshift.
In the RS Q3 performance’s case, the all-wheel drive system is hydraulically-actuated but electronically-controlled. A multi-plate clutch is charged with distributing power between the axles, while a function of the stability control allows individual wheel drive control adjustment where required.
A 20mm ride height drop further focuses the RS Q3 performance, while RS sport suspension plus is standard with damper control an optional extra. Wheels are 20 inches in diameter.
Outside the RS Q3 performance can be differentiated by its matt titanium-look exterior trims, including the roof rails and exterior mirror housings. A new Ascari Blue paint finish is available only on RS performance models.
Interior details include grey-faced instruments, white dials and red needles. Contrast blue stitching is another hallmark of the RS Q3 performance.
The RS Q3 performance will be introduced to the public at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show in March. Audi Australia says it will arrive in Australia before the end of 2016, with pricing and spec detailed closer to launch.