Audi has introduced the “performance” badge to its RS Q3 range. The RS Q3 performance, which boosts an impressive 270kW of power and 465Nm of torque, is capable of dashing from 0-100km/h in just 4.4 seconds before hitting a top speed of 270km/h.
According to Audi, the “performance” in the name stands for both a significant increase in power as well as exclusive equipment that elevates the model above the rest of the portfolio.
The 2.5-litre TFSI turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine in the RS Q3 performance develops 20kW more power, and 15Nm of additional torque over the RS Q3, thanks to increased cooling capacity of the main radiator and optimized fuel pump. Official combined fuel consumption is rated at 8.6L/100km, while CO2 emission is a claimed 203 g/km.
Audi has also returned the SUV’s standard 7-speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission for a sportier feel. In dynamic mode, each gear change is accompanied by double-declutching.
Power is sent to the road via Audi’s hydraulically actuated, electronically controlled multi-plate clutch Quattro all-wheel drive system. Power is distributed automatically between the front and rear axles as needed, and even selectively to each wheel thanks to the networked Electronic Stabilisation Control (ESC). Furthermore, the handling controller can be deactivated to access a retuned sport mode.
The RS Q3 performance sits 20mm lower compared to the Audi Q3, while a RS sport suspension plus with damper control is offered as an option.
Externally, the range-topper can be distinguished via gloss black honeycomb grille with matt titanium-look frame, slightly redesigned front bumper with larger air inlets and a heavily profiled rear diffuser.
The lateral flaps in the air inlets, trim strips at the side windows, exterior mirror housings, roof rails, upper edge of the diffuser and fins of the roof edge spoiler are all finished in matt titanium.
There’s also a new paint finished called Ascari blue metallic which is exclusive to the RS performance models.
The performance model rolls on 20-inch five twin-spoke V design behind which hides the standard red calipers bearing the RS logo. Audi also offers the calipers in black as a no cost option.
Inside, the instruments feature grey faces, white dials and red needles. The sports seats are upholstered in black and blue hues, while the optional RS Performance design package is offered at no extra charge.
Elsewhere, the RS sport leather steering wheel, selector lever, centre armrest and floor mats feature blue contrast stitching, along with carbon twill blue for the inlays.
The Audi RS Q3 performance will make its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2016 and arrive in Australia before the end of the year. Pricing and specification will be announced closer to launch.