Audi’s RS Q3 is on its way to Australia in the first quarter of 2014, but until we see it in the metal, we'll have to make do with this tasty trailer.
The RS Q3 will sit alongside the existing TTRS, RS4, RS5, RS6 and upcoming RS7 models when it touches down locally, and boasts all the key ingredients to justify its membership to the hallowed Audi RS club.
Under the bonnet is a slightly detuned version of the TT RS’ 2.5 litre turbo five-cylinder petrol engine, punching out 228kW over a broader range of 5200-6700rpm, and 420Nm between 1500-5200rpm. Like all modern RS models, the RS Q3 comes with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic tied to Audi’s famous Quattro all-wheel drivetrain.
The end result is a 0-100km/h sprint of just 5.5 seconds, with top speed limited to 250km/h. Despite such performance and a 1730 kerb weight, the RS Q3 uses a stop/start system to help deliver a combined fuel figure of 8.8L/100km.
An active exhaust system enables five cylinder snarl on-demand, and a 25mm lower dynamic suspension tune and eight-piston front brakes helps contain its savage potential.
Specific 19 or 20 inch wheels, plus aggressive front and rear fascias help distance the RS Q3 from the garden variety Q3 lineup.
Exact spec for local models is yet to be confirmed, but Audi Australia has already confirmed it will be the first Audi RS model to arrive down under for under $100,000.
Watch the RS Q3 SUV video here.
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